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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health: paradise lost?

Robert M Parker
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (2): 89-90. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11561

Broader thinking is needed to restore mental health in a vulnerable population

It may well be that Australian Aboriginal culture, before significant European contact, provided conditions for mental health that the rest of the world would envy. Traditional Aboriginal culture has several factors that strongly reinforce good mental health. Sense of self was seen as being intimately connected to all aspects of life, community, spirituality, culture and country. Material needs were provided for through sharing rules, and relationships and kinship defined social roles.

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  • Robert M Parker

  • Northern Territory Clinical School, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.

Correspondence: robert.parker@nt.gov.au

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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