ABC News NAIDOC Week: Using art to encourage Indigenous people to manage respiratory problems, by Paige Cockburn on 11th Jul 2016 at 2:19 am. According to Jacob et al. (2016, p. 12)reported news; the stereotype of Aboriginal people being reluctant in health issue exposed in the writing by the media publisher. The reporter figures a death rate of the Indigenous people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander out of the chronic lower respiratory disease triple that of the general population. To assist in relieving the symptoms and re-admissions, Ms. Potter designed a Bubble PEP (Positive Expiratory Pressure); the device used to advance ventilation for victims. Price (2012, p. 35) tells that the instrument is usually at the hospitals, but the Aborigines are comfortable in the use of it at homesteads and thus the art plan to give them pride. A sense of stereotype proved by the reporter in that the Indigenous community is still shying away from the public and still reluctant over sensitive health issues.
I have identified that there are certain major or significant impediments that are required to produce a clear and complete picture of the death rate of the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in Australia. This mortality rate in Australia can be said to be an incomplete identification of the health checks of the Indigenous people of Australia. West et al. (2013, p.103) commenced that due to the result of complete or absolute identification of the Indigenous death records, it has been registered that the total number of deaths of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the year 2014 is actually the underestimation of the real number of deaths. It has been observed or reviewed in the study that the death rate of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is comparatively more than the other population.
As recorded by Lingard (2016, p. 6), the life expectancy in Australia has improved miraculously for both the genders as estimated during the last century. In case of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia, life expectancy has been estimated broadly to be 10.6 years lower than that of the non-Indigenous population for the male population in the society in comparison to the female population in the society. Most of the deaths caused in the Australian society among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island population is due to their sufferings from the chronic lower respiratory diseases.
What I seemingly know about the Indigenous community from my place is that the native Australia is made up of two cultural major groups; the Aboriginals and the Torres Strait Islander who have had the same fate and struggles (Lingard, 2016, p. 6). However, West et al. (2013, p.103) affirm that when referring to indigenous we frequently mean the Aboriginals only. I have known little of the indigenous social, cultural and historical life from my area of the resident. Flinders University established on the land of Kaurna nation with the main campus near Warriparinga, the famous site of ancestral Dreaming of Tjilbruke.
The Indigenous Australians belonging to all the age groups mostly experience increased death rate other than the non-Indigenous Australians. In the health care homes of Australia, the Indigenous people do not actually receive the necessary care treatments and medication due to their cultural and other sorts of differences (Jacob, et. al., 2016, p.21). On the other hand, the non-Indigenous people can receive all sorts of medical help and facilities from the Australian health care professionals. I have noticed that the indigenous life expectancy is much lower than that of the non-Indigenous population. As a health care professional, I think I have enough responsibilities of making pathways for the Indigenous Australians so that they can get necessary and proper treatments for improving their health conditions and thereby reducing the death rate from the country.
Being a care nurse, I must make sure that the Indigenous Australians are not deprived of care treatments and medications that will help them overcome their chronic diseases. I should communicate with the patients to find out their illnesses and must assess their medication needs effectively so that I can cure them in a better way. I should do regular monitoring so as to make assessments of their health conditions and progress. Good nursing interventions are very much needed so that the death rates of the Indigenous Australians can be reduced thereby promoting their health conditions. Hence it can be said that my effective nursing practices and implications can help the Indigenous Australians recover from their chronic illnesses and lead a prosperous life.
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Lingard, K 2016, 'The potential of current legal structures to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interests in the Australian bush food industry', International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 174-185.
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