Journal article

The Role of Elders in the Wellbeing of a Contemporary Australian Indigenous Community

Lucy Busija, Renata Cinelli, Maree R Toombs, Caitlin Easton, Ron Hampton, Kristen Holdsworth, Ashley Macleod, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Bushra F Nasir, Kerrie M Sanders, Marita P McCabe

The Gerontologist | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Traditional Elders are integral to the social structure of Australian Indigenous communities. Due to progressive loss of traditional way of life, however, the role of Elders has been eroding. This study aims to develop a conceptual model of the role of Elders in an Australian Indigenous community, with the goal of attaining strategies to strengthen the role of Elders. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: The study, conducted in a regional Indigenous community in Australia, adopted a community-based participatory approach. Design and focus of the project were informed by a community forum (Yarning Circle). One-on-one semistructured interviews and focus groups with community..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a seeding grant from the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Australian Catholic University. G. C. Nicholson and M. R. Toombs were also funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through The Rural Clinical Training and Support scheme.