First Nations music as a determinant of health in Australia and Vanuatu: political and economic determinants

Naomi Sunderland, Phil Graham, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Darren Garvey, Clint Bracknell, Kristy Apps, Glenn Barry, Rae Cooper, Brigitta Scarfe, Stacey Vervoort

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This article reports on findings that indicate how First Nations musical activities function as cultural determinants of health. Drawing on early findings from a 3-year Australian Research Council funded project titled The Remedy Project: First Nations Music as a Determinant of Health, we detail Australian and Ni Vanuatu First Nations musicians’ reported outcomes of musical activity using a First Nations cultural determinants of health framework. The broader findings indicate that our respondents see musical activity as actively shaping all known domains of cultural health determinants, and some surrounding political and social determinants. However, this paper focusses specifically on the political and economic determinants that emerged in analysis as the most dominant subthemes. We argue that this study provides strong impetus for continued investigation and reconceptualization of the place of music in cultural health determinant models.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdaac190
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes

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