Lamp July 2017 – Special Edition

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Creating positive change

Janine Mohamed, CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) talks to The Lamp about meeting the challenges facing Indigenous nurses, midwives and patients within our health system. Q: What are your goal...



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Prejudice impacts Aboriginal health

Teaching clinicians about ‘unconscious bias’ can lead to improved health outcomes for Indigenous patients, say experts. In April last year, the blind Aboriginal singer Gurrumul Yunupingu languished at the Royal Darwin hospital’s emergency rooms...



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More indigenous nurses builds trust in health

Aboriginal nursing and midwifery cadetships have transformed the lives of indigenous nurses and patients alike. Midwife Leona McGrath first had an inkling she might like to become a nurse when she was a young girl and saw her sister give birth to he...



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The hidden history of medical incarceration

Medical incarceration can be seen as an example of the role of health care professionals and systems in colonisation writes Melissa Sweet. In the first decade of the 20th Century, a new medical scheme to remove Aboriginal people from across Western A...



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Equal pay strike pioneered land rights

Half a century ago, Aboriginal stockmen and their families in the Northern Territory took a historic stand in support of equal pay and land rights. Support from the Australian union movement was vital to their success.  Fifty years ago, in August 19...