Who is not coping with colonization? Laying out the map for decolonization

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Blackwell Publishing
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australasian Psychiatry, 2009, 17 (S1), pp. 24 - 27
Issue Date:
2009-01
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OBJECTIVE: This paper explores reasons for using decolonization as a method for improving Indigenous health status. Decolonization is a method required to shift the current paradigm of Western dominance and colonial amnesia that constructs and maintains Indigenous poor health status. CONCLUSION: Decolonization requires every Australian to examine the impact colonization has upon their past and present in order to formulate a future that does not reinstate the past. To take these steps requires a balance of histories, informing our current political and social context, critical reflexive practice and open communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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