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The Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A Conceptual Model

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Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin 0810, Australia
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School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4000, Australia
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Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra 2601, Australia
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Health and Social Care Economics Group, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide 5042, Australia
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Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7745; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157745
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 14 July 2021 / Accepted: 15 July 2021 / Published: 21 July 2021
Wellbeing is culturally bound and is shaped by many aspects of life, including experiences, beliefs and values. As such, in order to accurately measure wellbeing for a specific cultural group, it is necessary to understand the experiences, beliefs and values that influence the conception and experience of wellbeing of that group. This paper presents a conceptual model of wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which was developed from a large national qualitative study that explored the views of 359 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. An Aboriginal- and Torres Strait Islander-led research team used an Indigenist research approach to iteratively develop this conceptual model, called the Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing model, which takes inspiration from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weaving traditions whereby individual strands are twined to create fabrics that are both beautiful and strong. This reflects our findings that the parts of life that are most important to wellbeing for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are interwoven with their families, communities and culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; wellbeing; Indigenous; models of wellbeing; quality of life Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; wellbeing; Indigenous; models of wellbeing; quality of life
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Garvey, G.; Anderson, K.; Gall, A.; Butler, T.L.; Whop, L.J.; Arley, B.; Cunningham, J.; Dickson, M.; Cass, A.; Ratcliffe, J.; Tong, A.; Howard, K. The Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A Conceptual Model. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157745

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Garvey G, Anderson K, Gall A, Butler TL, Whop LJ, Arley B, Cunningham J, Dickson M, Cass A, Ratcliffe J, Tong A, Howard K. The Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A Conceptual Model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157745

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Garvey, Gail, Kate Anderson, Alana Gall, Tamara L. Butler, Lisa J. Whop, Brian Arley, Joan Cunningham, Michelle Dickson, Alan Cass, Julie Ratcliffe, Allison Tong, and Kirsten Howard. 2021. "The Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A Conceptual Model" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 7745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157745

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