‘Weaving a mat we can all sit on’: Understanding the experience of living with Rheumatic Heart Disease at the intersection of biomedical and Aboriginal worldviews

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Rheumatic heart disease is a potent marker of health inequity for Aboriginal Australians. Efforts at improvement have been
constrained by a biomedically-dominated context and inadequate attention to Aboriginal knowledges, socioeconomic and
cultural determinants.
The thesis research draws on in-depth yarns and extensive participant observation to provide a rich,ethnographic account of
the complex,diverse, interconnected lived experiences of patients, families and communities living with rheumatic heart disease.
The data collection, analysis and reporting privilege the knowledge and experiences of Yolngu community co-researchers.
Improving Aboriginal health requires new approaches and transformative policies, working with Aboriginal leaders in a space of
productive dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Bessarab, Dawn, Supervisor
  • Katzenellenbogen, Judith, Supervisor
  • Walker, Roz, Supervisor
  • D'Antoine, Heather A., Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 02/08/2021 to 18/04/2022. Made publicly available on 18/04/2022.

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