Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses' Stories

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses' Stories

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In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses' Stories (Eds) Sally S. Goold OAM and Kerrynne Liddle (2005) eContent Management Pty Ltd, Maleny, Queensland, Australia; ISBN 0 9757422 2 1; PB; 120 pages; Individual AU$33.00; Institutional AU$66.00

REVIEWER

DIANA GRANT-MACKIE

Life Member, New Zealand Nurses' Organisation

Committee Member, Action for Children and Youth of

Aotearoa Inc., New Zealand

Stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island nurses published 'In Our Own Right' tell us about how it was for them to become nurses in Australia. They tell about their families as part of their own self and the support they had from inside and outside their families. Even when parents did not initially support their children to become nurses, they eventually became their most avid supporters because they could see the future that could be obtained for the children and the families and their people. These parents were often part of the Stolen Generation and had also suffered outright racism and exclusion from society during their lives. Older nurses' stories tell of being hidden as children so they would not be stolen from their parents.

Similar stories by Indigenous people, their families and children can be heard throughout the world. The relationship of racism to poverty and ill health is international. It is not surprising therefore that there are connections between the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island Australian and Maori nurses and that cultural safety is a common bond.

New Zealand nurses experience an affinity with the Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island Australian. The role of nurses in setting up the Aboriginal Medical Clinic in Redfern, Sydney has a similarity to how some Maori and Pacific clinics were initiated here.

The stories describe Indigenous nurses' drive to accomplish what started with goals of providing clinical services for their people and becoming role models for younger people. …

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