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November 2014, Melbourne
Eighteen distinguished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across the country convened in Melbourne for the roundtable on 26 November 2014.
Identifying and addressing the social determinants of health has long been recognised as central to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. However, while there is an emerging body of international work around the link between culture and health, and its importance has been acknowledged in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023, there is a limited evidence base around culture as a determinant of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Australia. Some of the literature about culture as a determinant of health can be in the roundtable background paper.
The aims of the roundtable were:
The overarching themes identified by the roundtable included the need to learn to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and nations to rebuild their resilience and cultural sustainability. It identified the need to strengthen languages, relationships, cultures, identity, place and networks. The process of learning culture, in and of itself, is healing. Learning culture builds resilience. The roundtable also identified that action on these themes are needed at both program and system levels.