Indigenous Health and Human Rights: A Reflection on Law and Culture
Source TitleInternational Journal of Environment, Resources and Public Health
University of Melbourne Author/sMazel, Odette
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMazel, O. (2018). Indigenous Health and Human Rights: A Reflection on Law and Culture. International Journal of Environment, Resources and Public Health, 15 (4), pp.789-812. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040789.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5923831
In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bear a greater burden of disease and have lower life expectancy than their non-Indigenous counterparts. These combined indicators are evidence of an entrenched health crisis in the Indigenous population that is linked to systemic disadvantage over many decades. In an effort to improve life expectancy and lessen the burden of disease, a number of strategies and national frameworks now embed a human rights-based approach to achieving health equality. This paper explores the application of human rights to Indigenous health and examines the inherent tensions that exist in engaging a system of law based on universal assumptions of the Enlightenment to advance Indigenous rights. What becomes apparent through this exploration is that the strategic approach of Indigenous peoples’ use of human rights, despite its genesis in a system of law that
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