This is showing an image of the panel event we attended on Aboriginal nursing and midwifery. What I wanted to highlight most in this photo it the logo depicting a Rosie the Riveter-like image of Sister Alison Bush. Sister Bush was an aboriginal midwife and the first to take a role in a major hospital. She protected female aboriginals in her hospital by teaching others to be culturally aware as well as teaching maternal health. She paved the way for further nursing and midwifery by Aboriginal people. In the “Beating the Odds” article, the story of nursing student Banok Rind supports that services similar to those that Bush worked to provide are still not up to par and women are severely maltreated in health settings even when they work there. Many are following in Bush’ footsteps regardless, so it is hoped that together, Aboriginal health professionals will help make a huge impact on health and racism within Aboriginal societies.
This image is that of a suicide hotline in Watson’s Bay. Although this is not 100% correlated to Aboriginal people, I thought it was significant in that different languages were offered for this service, making it possible for non-English speakers to use it. Also, in the report on indigenous women’s health, it was said that “mental health problems [have] been recognized as ‘a major health difficulty for most [indigenous] communities’” and indigenous people tend to report that more stressors are occurring in their lives. Also, the rates of death by self harm or due to mental health disorders is significantly higher in indigenous populations, especially in young females. This makes it important that programs exist to help indigenous people with mental health implications.
This wall art in Bondi Beach had a bit of graffiti depicting the globe saying “one world one people”. I think this is translating that we all share a commonality of one planet, so we are similar as we are all people and we should work together as equals. This seems to me what the overarching goal of the “Closing the Gap” plan is. As mentioned in the “Beating the Odds Article” the goal of closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous has become a major focus, but the gap has been widening. At least in terms of the health disparity, indigenous midwives and nurses are contributing a lot as they have valuable input that can be utilized to improve the health of Aboriginal communities and are better received by Aboriginal patients.