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Gaawaadhi Gadudha: understanding how cultural camps impact health, well-being and resilience among Aboriginal adults in New South Wales, Australia—a collaborative study protocol BMJ Open 2023;13:e073551. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073551

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Author

Yashadhana A, Zwi AB, Brady B, et al

Description

The health and well-being of Aboriginal Australians is inextricably linked to culture and Country. Thus study aims to challenge deficit approaches to health inequities by seeking to examine how cultural connection, practice and resilience among Aboriginal peoples impacts healthy through participation in ‘cultural camps’ held on sites of cultural significance promotes health and well-being. The study will be undertaken in close collaboration and under the governance of traditional cultural knowledge holders from Yuwaalaraay, Gamilaraay and Yuin nation groups in New South Wales, Australia. Twenty participants at each camp will be invited to participate in a yarning circle to explore cultural health, well-being and resilience. Quantitative analysis will be used to compare camp and non-camp groups, and linear regression models to determine the impact of camp attendance. Results will be used to collaboratively develop a ‘Model of Cultural Health’ that will be refined through a Delphi process with experts, stakeholders and policymakers

Why is this useful for rural and remote people to read?

The majority of Aboriginal Australians live in rural and remote communities. The experiences and cultural practices of Aboriginal people have significant implications for how health care services are accessed, accepted and understood. It is important for communities to recognise differences in how Aboriginal people experience health care in developing strategies to address local health needs.

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Yashadhana A, Zwi AB, Brady B, et al Gaawaadhi Gadudha: understanding how cultural camps impact health, well-being and resilience among Aboriginal adults in New South Wales, Australia—a collaborative study protocol BMJ Open 2023;13:e073551. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073551

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