Indigenous Health Case Study

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Introduction

Health is known as a state where an individual is socially, mentally and emotionally stable without the presence of any illness, disease or infirmity (Carson, 2007). Jenny, an indigenous woman is 34 weeks pregnant, she has been complaining about her abdominal pains and after seeing the flying doctor, she was asked to fly back with him as she might be in an early labour. Jenny is concerned about her family; she wonders how they will manage without her. Her mother-in-law lives with her sister-in-law and she wonders if she will be able to come and help as her mother has a diabetic leg ulcer and needs treatment so cannot travel. This essay will discuss about the health issues before colonization and after colonization, Jenny’s situation and how she faces the culture clash and dispossession, it will also look at the models of health and theories and how that affects Jenny’s life.

Culture clash and indigenous dispossession at the time of colonization.

Culture clash is how people behave, whether or not people recognise each other as human beings and if they share what they believe, have similar values and beliefs (Eckermann, Dowd, Chong, Nixon, Gray, & Johnson, 2006). The process of colonization is when a nation imposes itself economically, politically and socially upon another nation (Germov, 2009). People belong to different cultures; every culture has its own customs and beliefs that everyone has to follow. Culture clash can occur when people look at different cultures as not to be a part of their culture and different people as not their people (Eckermann et al., 2006). Cultural customs and beliefs are influenced by the socio-economic status, political and natural environment (Crisp & Taylor, 2009). Modern medicati...

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