Aboriginal Healthworkers – Primary Health Care at the Margins


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Aboriginal Healthworkers are employed by primary health care services to help bridge the gap between the Western medical clinic and their own people. Much controversy surrounds what they can and should be doing.

Aboriginal Healthworkers looks at what healthworkers do, what they think about their work, and how their work is perceived by doctors, nurses, social workers, transport workers – and, crucially, their Aboriginal clients. Bill Genat’s unique contribution is to bring ethnographic methods to his study of a group of urban healthworkers, and to allow their voices to be heard.

In their own words, the healthworkers identify a serious lack of professional recognition and support. Daily they enter the homes of families whose health, in the broadest sense, continues to be eroded by the historical legacy of exclusion, cultural oppression and racism. The situations they encounter are often bewildering and heart-rending. Urgent family problems, often linked to housing and income, demand immediate responses and deflect attention from equally pressing health problems.

This powerful book portrays the unique healing practice offered by Aboriginal healthworkers and urges that practical steps be taken to bolster their holistic approach.


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