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Through story and song The Barefoot Divas empower women

Radiating from the stage is raw emotion in its purest form, vibrating from the vocal cords of The Barefoot Divas and straight through the audience. You can feel their words, really feel them, as they pour their heart into every word they sing. Brisbane’s Powerhouse was the perfect setting for their Walk ‘A Mile In … Continue reading

Media affecting Indigenous health by perpetuating ‘racist’ images

Racism and mental health are linked, we know that, but what’s become apparent from talking to delegates at the International Network of Indigenous Knowledge Health and Development at UQ, is that the media itself is reinforcing negative perceptions of Indigenous people. Professor Dennis McDermott from Flinders University in Adelaide, says racism has been shown to … Continue reading

Australian health system not designed for Indigenous people

The Australian hospital system, which was based on a British model, is not fully catering to the needs of the Indigenous community. Professor Dennis McDermott from Flinders University in Adelaide says a recent study in Adelaide, called ‘Our own backyard’, found that two thirds of Aboriginal people experienced institutional racism, and two thirds of those … Continue reading

Domestic abuse linked to continued oppression

Violence, especially towards women and children in Indigenous families, continues to be a significant issue and is being addressed at the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development at The University of Queensland. Dr Erana Cooper, from the University of Auckland, says that Aotearoa/New Zealand’s violent history plays a significant role in the prevalence … Continue reading

A focus on wellness for Indigenous women

Being an Indigenous woman equates to shorter life expectancy, a greater risk of health problems and lower levels of social and emotional well being, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This well-known fact is being addressed this week at the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, at The University of Queensland. Melissa … Continue reading

Reconciliation campaign aims to take back identity

The eviction of the Aboriginal tent embassy from Brisbane’s Musgrave Park last week brought into focus tensions between protesters and the authorities. Dr. Winnifred Louis, social psychology professor at the University of Queensland, says prejudice, racism and hate are still issues in the city. “Brisbane is more welcoming of minorities and more favourable to Indigenous Australians … Continue reading

Indigenous broadcaster Vince Coulthard wins 2010 NAIDOC Award

YEARS of tireless campaigning for Indigenous land rights and justice have landed Vince Coulthard with the prestigious National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Award for 2010. The Port Augusta man is the director of the Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association, South Australia’s only Aboriginal radio station. “I am very passionate about Aboriginal culture, land and … Continue reading

Indigenous people smoke fewer cigarettes, but suffer higher rates of smoking-related illness

New research reveals that while the indigenous population smoke half as many cigarettes as those in the broader community, they still suffer far higher rates of smoking-related illness. Associate Professor David Thomas from Darwin’s Menzies School of Health analysed bar-coded sales recorded of all cigarettes sold in 2007 at stores in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of … Continue reading

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