Interacting With Providers: An Intersectional Exploration of the Experiences of Carers of Aboriginal Children With a Disability

Green, Anna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7541-3665 and Abbott, Penelope and Davidson, Patricia Mary and Delaney, Patricia and Delaney, John and Patradoon-Ho, Patrick and DiGiacomo, Michelle (2018) Interacting With Providers: An Intersectional Exploration of the Experiences of Carers of Aboriginal Children With a Disability. Qualitative Health Research, 28 (12). pp. 1923-1932. ISSN 1049-7323


Abstract

Intersectionality has potential to create new ways to describe disparities and craft meaningful solutions. This study aimed to explore Aboriginal carers’ experiences of interactions with health, social, and education providers in accessing services and support for their child. Carers of Aboriginal children with a disability were recruited from an Australian metropolitan Aboriginal community-controlled health service. In-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with 19 female carers. Intersectionality was applied as an analytical framework due to the inherent power differentials for Aboriginal Australians and carers for people with a disability. Marginalization and a lack of empowerment were evident in the experiences of interactions with providers due to cultural stereotypes and racism, lack of cultural awareness and sensitivity, and poverty and homelessness. Community-led models of care can help overcome the intersectional effects of these identities and forms of oppression in carers’ interactions with providers and enhance access to care.


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Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 03:45
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2022 23:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal people, Australia; caregivers / caregiving; children; disability / disabled persons; experiences; health care, users; interviews; qualitative
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318793416
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49616

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