Cultural Determinants of Health and wellbeing for First Nations people

Part 1: Cultural Determinants of Health and well-being for First Nations people

The Mayi Kuwayu Study is a ground-breaking national study exploring what culture means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and aims to create greater understanding of how culture affects health and well-being outcomes. The first part of the study involved a review of the existing published evidence to identify cultural determinants of health and well-being for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The six broad cultural domains identified in this study are;

  1. Connection to Country
  2. Cultural Beliefs and Knowledge
  3. Language
  4. Family, kinship and community
  5. Cultural Expression and Continuity
  6. Self-determination and Leadership

Choose one of the cultural domains listed above and discuss how it impacts on the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) peoples.

Part 2; Reflecting on your own culture and understanding of health

Identify and describe how aspects of your own cultural identity influence your personal health beliefs (what does health and well-being mean to you) and your personal choice of healthcare (what you do when you get sick).

Your discussion should include but not be limited to ethnicity – use the Diversity Wheel highlighted in e-workbook 1 and workshop 1 for ideas about other aspects of cultural identity you might wish to discuss. You can also discuss other factors of your identity that are not included in this version of the diversity wheel, for example where you live i.e. in a rural area or in a big city.