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

Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women

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

Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women

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Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women Gaffney E (2007) Verdant House, Queensland; ISBN 9780977574209; PB; viii + 112 pp; AUD 44.00

REVIEWER

SUE FORSYTH

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery

University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW

In Mura Solwata Kosker: We Saltwater Women, Ellie Gaffney, a Torres Strait Islander woman and registered nurse, recounts her personal story as a pioneer fighting for Indigenous women's rights in the Torres Strait Islands (TSI) over the past 24 years. Gaffney's reflections provide insight into the considerable problems that TSI women faced in relation to their health, including poor and fragmented services, discrimination, and resistance from patriarchal values in their own culture and from the bureaucracy. In 1988 under Gaffney's leadership, the TSI women established the Mura Kosker Sorority (All women are sisters). The aim of this group was to 'take steps to meet the social, emotional, housing, educational, economic, health, cultural, spiritual and welfare needs' (p. 16) of TSI women.

It is quite clear from Gaffney's account that this very quickly became an effective organisation. It contributed to the Health Services in the Torres Strait Islands chapter of the 1989 National Aboriginal Health Strategy, provided services for the frail aged, and resulted in Gaffney and other key members attending important women's conferences on behalf of TSI and Northern Peninsula Area women. …

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