Capturing smoke: exploring literature on end-of life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Carey, Melissa and Ashe, Taigan (2019) Capturing smoke: exploring literature on end-of life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In: AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference 2019, 1-3 July 2019, Brisbane, Australia.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples end-of-life care requires a unique set of skills and understanding. This paper presents findings from a systematic literature review of culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Australian health care setting. The Western biomedical model of health care which influences the Australian health care system has struggled to adequately meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly towards the end of their lives (McGrath & Phillips, 2008). Programs such the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) (Prior, 2009), Yuendumu Old People’s Program (Smith, Grundy & Nelson, 2010) and resources such as the Advanced Care Yarning Booklet (Jones, Burgess & Seal, 2013) and models such as the Living Model (McGrath, 2010) have been identified. However, there appears to be little evidence of how these models impact on the lived experience of end-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in particular within the urban and semi-rural setting. This is becoming more significant due to the younger age at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families are required to make end-of-life decisions. Of particular concern is the lack of acknowledgement of the significant spiritual and cultural burden experienced by communities.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 02:52
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 02:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: end of life, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, care, culture
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36967

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