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Decolonising the health and well-being of Aboriginal men in Australia

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-20, 09:02 authored by Jacob PrehnJacob Prehn, Douglas EzzyDouglas Ezzy
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men have the worst health of any group in Australia. Despite this, relevant policies do not specifically explain how the issue will be improved. Existing research demonstrates the complexity of the problems facing Australian Indigenous men. The intersection of masculinity and Indigeneity, compounded by colonisation, historical policies, stigma, marginalisation, trauma, grief and loss of identity are key factors that shape these poor health outcomes. These outcomes are acknowledged in federal and some state government policies but not implemented. The article argues for a holistic and decolonised approach to Australian Aboriginal men’s health. Effective models of intervention to improve men’s health outcomes include men’s health clinics, men’s groups, Men’s Sheds, men’s health camps/bush adventure therapy, fathering groups and mentoring programs. Further research needs to be undertaken, with a greater emphasis on preventative health measures, adequate specific funding, culturally and gender appropriate responses to health, and government policy development and implementation covering Aboriginal male health.


Publication title

Journal of Sociology








School of Social Sciences


Sage Publications Ltd.

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Socio-economic Objectives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status and outcomes