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Reflections on Indigeneity, Gender and Health in Australia

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Presentation by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), The University of Queensland.

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The document Professor Fredericks has been asked to discuss is based on the research funded by the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) (ARC ID: SR120100005), the Healing Foundation (via NIRAKN to the Health and Wellbeing Node) and CQUniversity and involved a review of gendered Indigenous health literature. The work was managed by CQUniversity’s Office of Indigenous Engagement.

Fredericks B., Daniels, C., Judd, J., Bainbridge, R., Clapham, K., Longbottom, M., Adams, M., Bessarab, D., Collard, L., Andersen, C., Duthie, D. & Ball, R. (2017). Gendered Indigenous Health and Wellbeing within the Australian Health System: A Review of the Literature. CQUniversity, Australia: Rockhampton.

This work does not set out to include all work produced, but to open up the discussion on ways to offer a greater focus on and improve gendered Indigenous health and wellbeing. It offers a contribution to the larger conversation that needs to be had, to develop a broader understanding of Indigenous gendered health and wellbeing and what needs to happen in bringing about positive health outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia. Future research is needed to not only describe the situation of gendered Indigenous health and wellbeing, but to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men in the ways that health services serve this community. More work is needed to build strong evidence of what works in improving gendered Indigenous health outcomes.

The literature review examines the literature (both peer reviewed and grey) on gendered Indigenous health and wellbeing within the Australian healthcare system. The review was commenced in 2014 as a collaborative research activity by members of the Health and Wellbeing Node (HWBN) of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). The work continued over the life of the NIRAKN Health and Wellbeing Node as an ongoing collaborative project.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Fredericks is responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University of Queensland in relation to Indigenous Engagement, as well as building links with the community. She leads the implementation of UQ’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks has over 30 years of experience working in and with the tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations.

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