Description: Discuss why Indigenous peoples globally experience health disparities which impact their health and life expectancy. Identify factors that have influenced these disparities (for example, social, political or economic). Illustrate your discussion by elaborating on one Indigenous community of your choosing
Format: 750 words Purpose: To achieve learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5 and Graduate Attributes 1, 2, 4, 7 by exploring the health disparities that Indigenous people globally, experience.
Learning outcomes assessed LO2 Discuss the implications of socio-historical-political context for contemporary health related issues of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; (GA2) L03: critically evaluate how social and cultural factors shape the health beliefs. experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other cultural groups; (GA4).
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Socio Historical Political Context
Due to rapid globalization and the invention of modern facilities world around, we all have witnessed massive improvements in our lifestyles including but not limited to better living conditions, better medical facilities, better schooling and shopping and others. Through this paper, the purpose is to understand the globalization and impacts on the socio-cultural political impacts on the affected population, i.e. Indigenous people in Australia. While this is a very sorry state for all the study of indigenous people of Australia known as aboriginals, are highly affected with the rapid globalization.
Globalization sounds fascinating but it need to be cognizant of the fact that there are still many human beings and races who lives in exile and are not privileged to modern-day facilities and traditionally live their lives and are resistant to accept the change (Helms, 2020). For sake of ease, we may call them indigenous people that belong to a particular tribe or race but their situation remain similar worldwide and face common problems such as being aloof from the other progressive and advanced citizens, staying away and aloof from the modern-day civilization, limited or no access to schools, hospitals, shopping malls, etc.
Socio Historical Political Context
Technically speaking aboriginals were the native people of Australia and were cornered by British people who invaded the country and modern-day Australians (Bailey, 2020). Ever since the formation of the constitution, the wicked parliamentarians have secluded aboriginals and they were not treated as equals in their land and were deprived of benefits and opportunities and were made to feel inferior due to their color, race, and beliefs. While Australia was progressing, the aboriginals were left in lurch and were cornered. Thus they lived life in traditional manner and were particularly left behind in field of education and medical facilities. Keeping everything aside we focus on the health conditions of aboriginals as they were forced to migrate from their locality and had to choose less fertile and productive land and had to live in exile. This marked their struggle for life and it was difficult for them to make a livelihood and they used to be confined in their group and thus it marked the start of the decline in their health and nourishment and thus they became prone to being sick and it became difficult for them to cope up with new diseases and face epidemics (Barr, 2020).
Experience, outcomes and experience
While Indigenous people were mentally stressed, their health also was not in good shape and led to frustration and did damage to their confidence and they were confined to live in plight. Also, this added to an inferiority complex due to which aboriginals became reluctant to seek any medical help form fellow Australians and take advantage of modern-day medical facilities and thus had to rely on their traditional methods of treatment to ailing patients. Since they did not have better education facilities, their development did not happen and they felt in the trap and had poor sanitation, hygiene, and medical facilities and this resulted in multiple ailments and frequent epidemics. Also, due to poor education, they were not aware of modern-day foods rich in nourishment and were not aware of nutritional benefits of problems associated with certain foods and this resulted in a continuous decline in their health and they were not able to cope up with modern-day diseases caused due to globalization, rising global temperatures, and the likes.
On top of it, the government policies remained discriminatory and only in recent times the government has started to consider aboriginals as their own and is trying to be impartial with them. However since the damage is already done, it would take time for aboriginals to come out of their mental block and be confident and feel like any other Australian (Read, 2020). Thus to understand that the health situation remains a big concern for all the indigenous people across the globe as all of them more or less fall in similar conditions all over and they remain torn between their traditional practices and reluctance to embrace modern-day medical facilities and education. All these are a resultant to many factors and governments are also responsible for such a condition but its time to leave past behind and aspire for a brighter future and aboriginals could be seen as a great example for that world over as they have started to open up and avail multiple facilities which any Australian enjoys a on date (Jayasinghe, 2020).
To conclude while globalization has been a blessing to see and live in modern days, wherein there are multiple facilities available to us to work as our support system and make our lives easy and comfortable. But it has affected the lives of the Indigenous people in Australia who have remained un-adaptive and outdated, due to which their lives have been highly impacted.