Title

Re-thinking the health benefits of outstations in remote Indigenous Australia

RIS ID

127479

Publication Details

Senior, K., Chenhall, R., Hall, J. & Daniels, D. (2018). Re-thinking the health benefits of outstations in remote Indigenous Australia. Health and Place, 52 1-7.

Abstract

The small, decentralised communities, known as outstations which satellite larger Indigenous Australian remote communities have often been conceptualised as places that are beneficial to health and well-being. This paper provides an exploration of the meaning of their outstation for one family and the benefits that this connection brings to them, which are expressed in a deep connection to the land, continuing relationships with ancestors and a safe refuge from the stresses of the larger community. We argue that the outstation provides a place for people to be in control of their lives and form hopes and plans for the future. These benefits are position in a context where the future liveability and sustainability of the outstation is both fragile and vulnerable.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.04.007