Balgo artists: Miriam Baadjo (b. 1957),Tossie Baadjo (b. 1958), Jane Gimme (b. 1958), Gracie Mosquito (b. 1955), Helen Nagomara (b. 1953), Ann Frances Nowee (b. 1964) and Imelda Yukenbarri (b. 1954).
Bush medicine: a collaborative work by women from Wirrimanu (Balgo), 2018, acrylic on linen, 120×180cm, MHM2018.32, © Warlayirti Artists; Medical History Museum
At least half the food eaten by the first Australians came from plants. And in terms of medicines, many different parts of plants were used.
Indigenous Australians have a strong relationship with the natural world.
Traditional Aboriginal healers are recognised as having special facilities for healing in childhood and are encouraged to develop their skills. They are often taught by their grandparents.
A house at Little Paradise on Groote Eylandt, East Arnhem Land.
To deliver better housing for health, we must go back to what we know works, to the proven evidence-based solutions for design, construction, delivery and maintenance.
It isn’t helpful to jump to conclusions about child sexual abuse.
Young people in remote Aboriginal communities have high rates of STIs for a number of reasons, including inconsistent condom use and poor access to health services.
A remote community in the Cape York region of Queensland.
Decent housing underpins the Closing the Gap goals, with a decade-long national remote housing program having made measurable progress. If the Commonwealth pulls out now, hard-won gains could be lost.
If youths with brain impairment had been identified and supported early, their entry into the justice system could have been avoided entirely.
New research assessing young people in WA detention found 89% were severely impaired in at least one area of brain function. One in three had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
While death rates from heart and kidney disease have dropped among Indigenous people, death rates from cancer are on the rise.
Politicians make sweeping statements on how to close the gap. But here's advice from people working directly with Indigenous communities who have evidence for what actually works.
Members of the James Bay Cree gather around the fire as part of a week-long celebration called ‘wellness week,’ aimed at improving personal health and wellness in their community in northern Québec.
Like many Indigenous groups around the world, the James Bay Cree of northern Québec have a disproportionately high rate of diabetes. They’re facing it down with a decidedly Indigenous solution.
Impetigo happens when itching causes the skin to break and let in disease-causing bacteria.
While school sores – or impetigo – is a treatable condition, if left untreated it can lead to much more serious illness such as kidney and heart disease.
Indigenous schoolchildren dance during a launch of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan in Brisbane.
The latest census data reveals valuable insights into Closing the Gap targets. While there's some improvement in school attendance rates, all other indicators suggest a radical rethink is required.
An infection prevention and control professional wipes her gloves with a bleach wipe during an ebola virus training in Ottawa.
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Infectious diseases pose a continual threat to Canadians. Ensuring the population stays healthy requires increasing investment in our public health system.
“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.”
Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58
City living costs are driving people to organise themselves to share a room with strangers. These precarious living arrangements hardly qualify as a home.
Outcomes for first peoples in Australia lag behind the non-Indigenous population.
Australia was ranked top of the world in terms of the efficiency of our health care system and health outcomes, but only seventh in terms of equity.
Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
Much has been written about success of Indigenous players at elite levels of the game. But perhaps the more important story is one of Indigenous participation in grass roots and community football.
Strongyloides can affect anyone but is most prevalent in areas of economic disadvantage.
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Up to 60% of people in some Indigenous Australian communities are infected with a parasitic worm that almost nobody has heard of, and without treatment, the infection can be fatal.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.
One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.
The Minderoo Foundation’s video was a heavy-handed illustration of problems in some WA communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Like so many Indigenous people in the NT, Dr G. Yunupingu had chronic hepatitis B since he was a child.
Hepatitis B rates in Indigenous communities are ten times higher than the rest of Australia. Eliminating the infection from Indigenous Australia can make a significant contribution to closing the gap.