Journal article

Improving inclusion in rural health services for marginalised community members: Developing a process for change

Christina Malatzky, Olivia Mitchell, Lisa Bourke

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION | GRIFFITH UNIV, SCH HUMAN SERVICES & SOCIAL WORK | Published : 2018

Abstract

Australia’s mainstream health services located in rural contexts are mandated to provide health care to the entire local population. However, complex power relations embedded and reflected within the cultures of mainstream generalist health services are excluding the most marginalised residents from health care. This paper argues that unless inclusion in rural, generalist mainstream health services is improved, the health experiences of these residents will not substantially change and Australia will continue to report significant health differentials within its population. The concept of culturally inclusive health care is difficult for Australian mainstream generalist health practitioners ..

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