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Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory

Project aim and objectives :

Aim: to understand the interplay between health literacy, gender and cultural identity among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males living in the Northern Territory. 

Objectives included: 

Project team:

Project leader: Professor James Smith 

Project partners :

Administering organisation: Menzies School of Health Research 
Project timeline: 01/02/2018—31/03/2019 

Methodology 

Project findings 

Project outcomes   

Knowledge  

  • This research identified several themes that provide insight into the way young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men conceptualise their health.  

  • This research has provided a strong foundation for developing practical strategies for improving programs and policies targeting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. 

Awareness  

  • These findings have significant potential to challenge unfavourable, racist or negative public narratives about young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.   

Behaviour  

  • Participants took an interest in their health and how they conceived of their health, and many gained an interest in potentially working in the health and social services sector.   

Skills  

  • People within the research team were able to develop their skills and expertise through the research activity   

  • Engagement with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male participants sparked interest (anecdotal) among some to pursue careers in Indigenous health and/or research.  

 

 

Related resources: 

As a summary, these are now the four primary academic outputs arising from this Lowitja Institute funded project:

Smith, J., Merlino, A., Christie, B., Adams, M., Bonson, J., Osborne, R., Drummond, M., Judd, B., Aanundsen, D., Fleay, J. & Gupta, H. (2020). Using social media in health literacy research: A promising example using Facebook with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males from the Top End of the Northern Territory. Health Promotion Journal of Australia (Special Issue – Equity & Health Literacy).  

Merlino, A., Smith, J., Christie, B., Bonson, J., Adams, M., Judd, B., Aanundsen, D., Drummond, M., Osborne, R. & Fleay, J. (2020).  What do we know about the nexus between culture, age, gender and health literacy? Implications for improving the health and wellbeing of young Indigenous males. International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health. 3 (2), e46-e57.  

Smith, J., Merlino, A., Christie, B., Adams, M., Bonson, J., Osborne, R., Judd, B., Drummond, M., Aanundsen, D. & Fleay, J. (2020). “Dudes are meant to be tough as nails”: The nexus between masculinities, culture, and health literacy from the perspective of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males – Implications for policy and practice. American Journal of Men’s Health. 1-17  

Smith, J., Christie, B., Bonson, J., Adams, M., Osborne, R., Judd, B., Drummond, M., Aanundsen, D. & Fleay, J. (2019). Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory. Report prepared for the Lowitja Institute. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research (ISBN 978-1-922104-60-1).

Smith, J., Merlino, A., Adams, M. & Aanundsen, D. (2020), ‘Understanding health literacy among young Aboriginal men and boys in the NT’, Croakey,

Project leader

Jason Bonson

Administering institution:

Charles Darwin University