Reproductive justice and culturally safe approaches to sexual and reproductive health for indigenous women and girls

Pat Dudgeon, Abigail Bray

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In this chapter we take a de-colonising, strengths-based approach to the subject of Indigenous women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health. Indigenous strengths-based approaches are asset-based; focussed on resilience, protective factors, and capacity building; culturally safe; engaged with social and cultural determinants; and governed by Indigenous research methodologies and concepts of well-being. Composed of seven inter-related Indigenous domains of well-being—Country, spirituality, culture, community, family and kinship, mind and emotions, and body—Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) is widely recognised as a culturally appropriate Indigenous health model within Australia and informs important state and federal health policies and strategies. Through this model, we examine Indigenous women’s reproductive oppression, including discussion of self-determination, cultural safety, and Indigenous health models; social and emotional well-being; connection to Country; connection to spirituality; connection to culture; connection to family and kinship; connection to community; connection to mind and emotions; and connection to body.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health
EditorsJane M. Ussher, Joan C. Chrisler, Janette Perz
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351035613
ISBN (Print)9781138490260
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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