Counting, Health and Identity: A history of Aboriginal health and demography in Western Australia and Queensland 1900-1940

Counting, Health and Identity: A history of Aboriginal health and demography in Western Australia and Queensland 1900-1940
Author/editor: Dr Gordon Briscoe
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Year published: 2003
School/Centre: School of History

Abstract

 Prior to European colonisation of Australia, Australia's Indigenous peoples had their own notions of identity, health and well-being. Their ideologies of health, however, failed to cope with the catastrophic new infections and diseases introduced by the colonisers. The promise of western medicine also neither solved nor offered respite to these often rampant and ravaging diseases.

Country, Health and Identity investigates Indigenous and colonist thinking, ideologies and responses to disease and health, particularly as they manifest in demographic dilemmas in Western Australia and Queensland, from 1900 to 1940.

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