Live Virtual Presentation Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

Mental Health and co-design in working with Aboriginal communities  (#10)

Maree Toombs 1
  1. The University of Queensland, Toowoomba, Q.L.D, Australia

Public health has proven more capable of describing the gap in Indigenous health equality and vulnerability than in remedying it. This is a fundamental failure of public health as a discipline, which tends to focus more on quantifying inequalities than in addressing the inequities that cause them” (Bond & Whop, 2020). This presentation will describe 3 case studies that have been effective in building Indigenous health capacity by adopting a co-designed, participatory action research methodology. This style of research tends to be more culturally responsive to local contexts and foster a culturally safe environment for program participants with a co-design approach to facilitate better health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.