Aboriginal spiritual perspectives: Research findings relevant to end-of-life care

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Title Aboriginal spiritual perspectives: Research findings relevant to end-of-life care
Author McGrath, Pamela Della; Phillips, Emma
Journal Name Illness, Crisis and Loss
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United States
Publisher Baywood Publishing
Abstract The cultural differences between the dominant Anglo-Australian and the Aboriginal Australian groups are significant, particularly in the way death is dealt with. It is thus extremely important for health care professionals caring for Aboriginal people with a terminal illness to be informed as fully as possible on Indigenous spiritual beliefs associated with death and dying. This article shares findings on Aboriginal spiritual perspectives relevant to the care of individuals coping with a terminal illness from a study in the Northern Territory. The findings emphasize the multiplicity of Aboriginal spiritual perspectives on serious illness and dying, which can juxtapose both Christian and traditional beliefs, as well as the importance for the well-being of Aboriginal persons of respecting these beliefs. The role and importance of traditional healing, the medicine man, and the preferred place of death are also discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://baywood.metapress.com/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=issue,5,5;journal,13,50;linkingpublicationresults,1:103734,1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Baywood Publishing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 2
Page from 153
Page to 171
ISSN 1054-1373
Date Accessioned 2011-05-30
Language en_AU
Research Centre Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Medical and Health Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40246
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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