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International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies

Setting a New Agenda

Developing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Strategy

Abstract

The Australian National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Strategy was developed to reflect the health priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, as identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women themselves. This article describes the process used by the Australian Women’s Health Network to develop the strategy. The women involved in the research used the talking circle method and engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through a process referred to as ‘talkin’ up’, where women ‘talk back’ to one another about issues that matter to them. In this article, we describe the power of the talkin’ up process, as a way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to identify their own issues, discuss them in context and talk in a culturally safe environment. The strategy which emerged from this process is an accurate reflection of the issues that are important to Australian Indigenous women and highlights the improvements needed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health to strengthen and underpin women’s health, Indigeneity and their sense of well-being as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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Pages:17 to 28
Section: Articles
How to Cite
Fredericks, B., Adams, K., Angus, S., & Walker, M. (2011). Setting a New Agenda. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 4(2), 17-28. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcis.v4i2.61