Binan Goonj: Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health

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Anne-Katrin Eckermann, Toni Dowd, Lynette Nixon, Ena Chong
Elsevier Australia, 2005 - Medical - 216 pages
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It has been well documented that the health status of many Aboriginal people remains the poorest in Australia despite some many years of research, policies and interventions. The second edition of Binang Goonj: Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health explores the processes and practices which has created this situation and looks to provide practical strategies to work towards redressing it. Extensively adopted as a teaching text across Australia, Binang Goonj provides coverage of essential Aboriginal health topics in an accessible manner. This edition challenges the reader to exam their own values, the relativity of values and the use of power in society with a writing style that will engage readers from a range of backgrounds. Thoroughly updated and revised the long-awaited edition of Binang Goonj: Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health 2E will provide current up-to-date literature addressing the complexity and multidisciplinary topics of Indigenous Health.

  • Explores the collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people presenting both issues and concerns.
  • New material on coping with change and violence, applying theory to practice, cultural safety and primary health care
  • Uses real life case studies and critical incidences to bring academic discussion and analysis to life
  • Includes processes that have been successfully incorporated into 10 years of cross-cultural workshops
  • Evolve website provides support material for students and lecturers

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About the author (2005)

Anne-Katrin Eckermann is Professor in the School of Professional Development and Leadership, Director of the Centre of Research in Aboriginal and Multicultural Studies, and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education, Health and Professional Studies, University of New England. Eckermann has worked with Aboriginal communities for over 30 years. She has established a national reputation in social anthropology and the anthropology of education and health. She has been heavily involved in consultation with Aboriginal communities and government departments and has submitted major submissions to national inquiries in Aboriginal Affairs as well as Aboriginal Health and Education. In her previous capacity as the Head of the Department of Aboriginal and Multicultural Studies at UNE she pioneered within the tertiary sector negotiations for accredited units such as Binang Goonj: Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health to be offered off campus to health professionals through Rural Health Training Units.

Toni Dowd has received national/international academic awards such as a Kellogg Nursing Scholarship (1983- 1985) and a Public Health Training and Development Award from the National Health and Medical Research Council (1988 - 1992). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) in 1985 and served on the executive the Council of Remote Area Nurses, Australia (CRANA Inc.) from 1985 to the present. She was invited by the Australian Health Minister's Advisory Council (AHMAC) Working Party to convene the Remote Area Nurse Working Group, to review the Roles and Interrelationships of Nurses, Indigenous Health Workers and Doctors in remote Australia. She has been a reviewer for several Federal and State bodies (eg Australian Local Government Association, Australian Community Health Accredited Standards Program (CHASP), NSW Aboriginal Housing Association, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Forum). Toni Dowd has led the Binang Goonj Team and has been responsible for cross-cultural education and facilitator training (1994 to the present). She is currently a Senior Research Fellow, a joint appointment between Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Health, Community Child Health Services.

Lynette Nixon is a Gunggari woman who has lived all her life in S. W. Queensland. After working on properties throughout the area, she raised seven children. Over the past 15 years Lynette has been involved in community development through the Mitchell Aboriginal Housing Company, the local Aboriginal education committee, women's health groups and the Nalingu committee. Lynette studied at UNE (Armidale) where she completed the Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies. She has worked as a full-time researcher for the Nalingu Aboriginal Corporation as well as on the evaluation of the Queensland Aboriginal Health Program and a number of ARC Grants. Most recently she has been recording the stories and language of Gunggari people who were taken away from their country after the turn of the 20th Century. She is currently employed as a Research Fellow at The Centre for Research in Aboriginal and Multicultural Studies, UNE. Over the past 10 years she has been involved in many cross-cultural education workshops as part of the Binang Goonj Team.

Ena Chong grew up in northern Queensland, on the Atherton Tableland, first at Millaa Millaa and later at Innot Hot Springs on the Great Western Highway. Ena and her husband and small family of four moved south nearly twenty six years ago in search of work and spent a couple of years in Victoria as seasonal workers. Their travel finally brought them to Ipswich where they settled and two more children were added to the family. Ena worked for the Ipswich Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service for close to ten years and is currently the Personnel Officer for the Woolloongabba AICHS. In this capacity she has supported many community initiatives e.g. the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Forum, community initiated health reviews and prison visiting programs. Ena has faced issues related to cross-cultural understanding for many years by conducting in-services on Aboriginal perspectives for police and medical officers. Over the past 10 years she has been involved in many cross-cultural education workshops as part of the Binang Goonj Team.

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