Journal article

Prioritising the cultural inclusivity of a rural mainstream health service for First Nation Australians: an analysis of discourse and power

Christina Malatzky, Raelene Nixon, Olivia Mitchell, Lisa Bourke

HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

In the context of persisting health inequities within many multicultural and socially diverse countries like Australia, there is a call for health services to implement culturally inclusive systems and practices. Nowhere is this more important than in regional, rural and remote Australia where consumers are diverse, health services are scarce, and services designed for particular groups of the population are lacking. Drawing on interviews with 20 staff of a rurally-based, mainstream community health service, this article examines the role of discourse in the transition to a culturally inclusive health centre. In doing so, the power struggles inherent in such a process are highlighted. The ar..

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