Trauma in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population

Pat Dudgeon, Marshall Watson, Christopher Holland

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Abstract

The prevalence of trauma is beginning to be recognised as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population health issue. Trauma in this context needs to be understood in a way that accounts for the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Furthermore, the impact and contribution of trauma to many other problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is only starting to be acknowledged. Relevant types of trauma are those related to historical events with intergenerational and transgenerational impacts; trauma resulting from repeated exposure to life stressors; trauma resulting from specific, intense life experiences; and trauma arising from adverse childhood experiences including complex and developmental trauma. In clinical settings, this layering of trauma can present unique challenges to health and mental health professionals and workers. Community-level healing responses are also important. Trauma should be addressed as a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population health issue.
Original languageEnglish
Article number004
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Clinical Psychologist
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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