Aboriginal culture

By Ludo

General information on Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginals were the first people to settle in Australia thousands of years ago. Australia’s Aboriginal culture is the longest surviving culture in the world, with the use of stone tool technology and painting with red ochre pigment dating back over 60,000 years. Australians never developed an “iron age”, “bronze age”, or pottery, and the terms “palaeolithic” (old stone age) and “neolithic” (new stone age) are not used in Australia, because stone technology did not progress in the same way as the rest of the world.

They live for the day and generally do not value education. Abuse of alcohol and drugs is high in the Aboriginal population

Issues of access

Access to health care among Aboriginals is difficult as sometimes they are far away. With lack of education or minimal education, they may not see the need to see health care professional. Furthermore it is not in thier culture to seek medical advice and tell someone about their experiences and thus it would be difficult for health care providers to help them. As a result Aboriginals generally have a lower life expectancy and a high birth mortality rate.

Aboriginals generally fear people in great positions, “white coat fear” and would thus have difficulty seeing doctors. SInce theu have low levels of education they have a low income and this results in lack of adequate money to seek health care. It may also be time consuming for them to access health care as they may have to treavel long distances or theu may want to be working and making more money.

An issue of equity in the services provided may also be considered when looking at the cultural factors that affect Aboriginals in health care. Some health care providers may not treat them with sufficient equity and this may increase thier reluctance to seek medical help. Female Aboriginals may want to be attended by female doctors and this may interfere with access to adequate care.


Support Services

Numerous support services exist and differ per state. In general terms, most of them are concerned with offering support in the following:

  • Health and Family
  • Housing and accomodation: Aborigional Housing board of Victoria
  • Legal aid: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Cooperative
  • Land and heritage
  • Reconciliation
  • Sports and recreation
  • Education, training and empoyment: Rural Workforce Agency, Victoria
  • Arts and culture
  • Ancestry

~ by pcl4 on August 28, 2008.

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