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Indigenous Understanding of Hospice and Palliative Care: Findings From an Australian Study

BSocWk, Pam McGrath MA, PhD; Patton, Mary Anne BSc

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NJH.0000280230.59214.c5
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Abstract

The following article presents findings from a study conducted in the Northern Territory of Australia that explores Indigenous peoples' understanding of the Western notion of palliative care and hospice. The findings provide practical insights into the problems occurring at the interface of Western palliative care and traditional Indigenous care of the dying. In so doing, the findings can inform the development of service provision for all involved in end-of-life care for Aboriginal people. If palliative care is to be introduced to Aboriginal people, it is imperative that it be done in a culturally appropriate way.

Author Information

Pam McGrath, BSocWk, MA, PhD, is NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research (IPP-SHR), Central Queensland University, Australia.

Mary Anne Patton, BSc, is Research Officer, International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research (IPP-SHR), Central Queensland University, Australia.

Address correspondence to Pam McGrath, BS0cWk, MA, PhD, IPP-SHR, Central Queensland University, PO Box 1307, Kenmore Qld 4069, Australia (e-mail: pam_mcgrath@bigpond.com).

© 2007 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association