All Indigenous communities in Australia have a common heritage of loss.
Indigenous death rates are much higher than those for white Australians.
Indigenous people use healthcare services reluctantly, and palliative care services rarely.
Cultural considerations that need to be respected include Indigenous understandings of disease causation, attributions of blame for sickness, the performance of ceremonies after death and the importance of dying on traditional lands.
The involvement of Indigenous health workers in clinical care increases confidence in the healthcare system as a whole.
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