Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a holistic conception of physical and mental health and wellbeing that is underpinned by core cultural values and perspectives, healing practices and traditions designed to strengthen collective identities and cultural continuity. These conceptions encompass factors that promote resilience, foster a sense of identity and support the health and wellbeing aspirations of individuals, families and communities. These are known as cultural determinants of health.
This Guide attempts to describe, by focusing on six domains, how to implement what is commonly understood to be contemporary cultural determinants of health. These have relevance not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but for all Australians interested in achieving health outcomes and linking these achievements to healthy natural environments.
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