Factors affecting West Australian indigenous community members' health behaviour: a qualitative study

Pippa Waterworth

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    Abstract

    [Truncated] Indigenous Australians face continual disparities in health outcomes compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. Although studies highlight the association between these outcomes and their higher rates of detrimental health behaviours, the factors that influence them are still poorly understood. Researchers have called for ongoing exploration of Indigenous perspectives of health behaviour. This PhD contributes to the knowledge concerning Indigenous health by investigating the factors that influence Indigenous health behaviour from the perspective of Indigenous groups in Western Australia and the people who support these groups. The research was conducted in accordance with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council ethical principles that require researchers to consult with Indigenous community members.

    Qualitative approaches, involving three data collection phases, were employed. The first phase entailed interviews with 29 people who supported Indigenous groups in WA. The second phase, involving 157 members of two urban West Australian Indigenous communities, focused on exploring Indigenous individuals’ perspectives of the factors at work in their community. In the third and final phase, 19 community members completed in-depth interviews exploring their impressions of their social networks and social support. A Participatory Action Research approach was adopted in phases two and three, a collaborative process that included advice and assistance from community members. A variety of approaches and frameworks were used to guide the explication of findings.

    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2015

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