Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Social Determinants of Indigenous Health

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Social Determinants of Indigenous Health

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Social determinants of Indigenous health Carson B, Dunbar T, Chenhall RD, Bailie R (eds) Alien and Unwin, 2007 ISBN: 978 1 74175 142 O. 306 + xxix pages. RRP: $49.95

Social determinants of indigenous health is a useful and important addition to the available literature that explores health policy, health delivery and the impact of social factors on the health of Australians. Specifically, this text is devoted to informing the reader of the relationship between the political and social imperatives and Indigenous health.

The text is well set up by the authors in the first two chapters where they more than adequately define what is meant by social determinants and Indigenous health and take the reader through an understanding of the process using a range of social epidemiology and biological models. These opening chapters are well written and provide enough depth for those that want a greater understanding of ways Indigenous health is viewed and measured, while at the same time it does not overwhelm the casual reader.

Following the contextual and theoretical platform laid down in the opening chapters, the text then tackles the key social, historical, cultural, political and infrastructure issues contributing to Indigenous health outcomes, namely: history; racism; poverty and social class; social capital; education; employment and welfare; country; housing; policy processes; human rights; and interventions and sustainable programs. …

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