Social and emotional well-being of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population

Authored by: Rose McMaster , Kerry Mawson , Peter Shine

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221


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First Nations, First peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or First Australians are collective names for the original people of Australia and their descendants. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived on this continent for approximately 60,000 years (as the oldest continuing surviving culture on earth) prior to European invasion (NSW Department of Community Services, 2007; NSLHD, 2013). In this chapter the term ‘Indigenous’ has been avoided wherever possible as some Aboriginal people feel that the term can diminish their Aboriginality. The term Aboriginal is used when referring to Aboriginal people in NSW as the Aboriginal culture was the first and predominant culture.

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