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Can cultural differences affect access of families to health care?

30 Dec 2011
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Differences in culture can become apparent when families seek out or require access to health care in Australia.

The importance of family health care is that it aims to strengthen and support families, prevent illness and manage risks (Barnes & Rowe 2009). Given that the health status of Indigenous Australians is reported as among the worst of any group in the so-called “first world” (ABS 2005) it would appear that there is a disparity between health outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians resultant of these cultural differences.
This paper focuses on, with relation to Indigenous Australian families, why there is a health disparity, Aboriginal health beliefs, Western health beliefs, worldviews and cultural vitality in order to ascertain if in fact these cultural differences can and do affect family’s access to health care.

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