To review and define Australian and international understandings of the cultural determinants of health and wellbeing and to identify and review the current evidence of the relationships between core protective elements of cultural determinants and health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- To define and gain a better understanding of the cultural determinants of health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Assess the interrelationship of culture to health and wellbeing outcomes.
Project leader: Associate Professor Dr Ray Lovett, Research Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
Project partner: University of Adelaide
Administering organisation: Australian National University
Project timeline: 1 August 2016-31 December 2018.
The project conducted two interrelated systematic reviews:
First systematic literature review to gain an understanding of the national and international concepts of Indigenous determinants of health and wellbeing. To complement the review, 24 focus groups were conducted to describe cultural factors of importance to wellbeing across the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
Second systematic literature review to assess current evidence about cultural determinants and health and wellbeing outcomes.
The results of the reviews conducted in this project provide some insights into what Indigenous peoples across the world describe as culture. This means that what is described as ‘culture’ is largely through the lens of people from non-Indigenous cultures. The reviews also provide evidence to ensure cultural determinants are given priority in program and policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.