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Empowerment through digital health trackers: an exploration of Indigenous Australian women and physical activity in leisure settings

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posted on 2023-05-20, 07:31 authored by Hazel MaxwellHazel Maxwell, O'Shea, M, Stronach, M, Pearce, S
Drawing on a strengths-based empowerment approach and Indigenous traditions of ‘yarning’, this research explores how digital health technologies might contribute to Indigenous Australian women’s increased participation in physical activity in leisure settings. While people have long controlled their bodies, conventionally through diaries and weight scales, digital self-tracking of one’s bodily states and activities continues to expand. No previous studies have addressed how these technologies influence physical activity among this population and there is limited research about Indigenous Australian people’s leisure experiences and the meanings they attribute to them. Accordingly, this research contributes to an under researched area of health and leisure studies concerned with understanding the social, narrative and affective facets of individuals’ practices and experiences. Key findings from the pilot study include intersections between the use of health trackers and Indigenous women’s prioritizing time for leisure, increased physical activity, enhanced health literacy, and greater personal accountability for lifestyle choices.


Australia and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies


Publication title

Annals of Leisure Research






School of Health Sciences



Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

© 2019 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Health inequalities; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status and outcomes