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The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, January 2013
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Title
The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-9-46
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Authors

Stefanie J Oliver

Abstract

The practice of traditional Aboriginal medicine within Australia is at risk of being lost due to the impact of colonisation. Displacement of people from traditional lands as well as changes in family structures affecting passing on of cultural knowledge are two major examples of this impact. Prior to colonisation traditional forms of healing, such as the use of traditional healers, healing songs and bush medicines were the only source of primary health care. It is unclear to what extent traditional medical practice remains in Australia in 2013 within the primary health care setting, and how this practice sits alongside the current biomedical health care model. An extensive literature search was performed from a wide range of literature sources in attempt to identify and examine both qualitatively and quantitatively traditional medicine practices within Aboriginal Australia today. Whilst there is a lack of academic literature and research on this subject the literature found suggests that traditional medicine practice in Aboriginal Australia still remains and the extent to which it is practiced varies widely amongst communities across Australia. This variation was found to depend on association with culture and beliefs about disease causation, type of illness presenting, success of biomedical treatment, and accessibility to traditional healers and bush medicines. Traditional medicine practices were found to be used sequentially, compartmentally and concurrently with biomedical healthcare. Understanding more clearly the role of traditional medicine practice, as well as looking to improve and support integrative and governance models for traditional medicine practice, could have a positive impact on primary health care outcomes for Aboriginal Australia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 6 4%
Canada 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 158 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 44 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 13%
Student > Master 21 13%
Student > Postgraduate 14 8%
Researcher 12 7%
Other 33 20%
Unknown 20 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 48 29%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 20 12%
Social Sciences 17 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Other 32 19%
Unknown 21 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 June 2020.
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