Traditionally in Aboriginal culture, when a child is born, the responsibility for raising that child falls on the whole community. Everyone, rather than just the immediate biological parents, has a shared responsibility. Sharing the load of taking care of one child in turn takes care of the entire community and each individual's own health and wellbeing. This approach is referred to as a holistic approach. Holism can be defined as an emphasis on the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.1
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