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Aboriginal Healthworkers: Primary Health Care at the Margins

Bill Genat

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 brings ethnographic methods to his study of a group of urban healthworkers, and to allow their voices to be heard.

Healthworkers speak frankly about the state of Aboriginal primary health care in this country. Daily visits to homes of families whose health, in the broadest sense, continues to be eroded by the historical legacy of exclusion, cultural oppression and racism highlight the serious lack of professional recognition and support.

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

Bill Genat

Bill Genat co-ordinates a masters programme in Aboriginal health at Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.

He is co-author, with Ernie Stringer, of Action Research in...

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Paperback, 205 x 135mm
240 pages




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