Understanding dementia amongst indigenous Australians

Garvey, Gail and Simmonds, Donna and Clements, Vanessa and O'Rourke, Peter and Whop, Lisa and Sullivan, Karen and Gorman, Don and Curnow, Venessa and Wise, Susi and Beattie, Elizabeth (2011) Understanding dementia amongst indigenous Australians. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 35 (2). pp. 16-18. ISSN 1037-3403

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Abstract

Dementia is a growing health and social concern for all Australians. It has been previously thought that Indigenous Australians did not live long enough to get dementia (Pollitt 1997). Interestingly, Indigenous Australians have reported dementia as being a 'whitefella sickness' (Woenne-Green 1995) as 'the word dementia has no meaning’ in Indigenous terms (Fox 1994; Zann 1994). More 'recently dementia has been described as a 'sick spirit' (Arabena 2007). However, as the life expectancy of Indigenous people increases, and they grow older they will encounter causes of death and disability not unlike their non-Indigenous counterparts, including increased presentations of dementia (Arabena 2007).


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited with permission of publisher. This publication has been modified from the following article: Garvey G, Simmonds D, Clements V, O’Rourke P, Sullivan K, Professor Gorman D, Curnow V, Wise S & Beattie E. Making sense of dementia: understanding amongst Indigenous Australians. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi: 10.1002/gps.2578. See http://eprints.usq.edu.au/18443/
Depositing User: Ms Annette Nanka
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 00:34
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, sick spirit
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19369

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