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Introduction Gracelyn Smallwood; 1. Historical and current perspectives on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Juanita Sherwood; 2. A history of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Ray Lovett; 3. The cultural safety journey: an Aboriginal Australian nursing and midwifery context Odette Best; 4. Indigenous gendered health perspectives Bronwyn Fredericks, Mick Adams and Odette Best; 5. Community controlled health services: what they are and how they work Raelene Ward, Bronwyn Fredericks and Odette Best; 6. Indigenous birthing in remote locations: grandmothers' law and government medicine Nicole Ramsamy; 7. Midwifery practices and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: urban and regional perspectives Machellee Kosiak; 8. Remote-area nursing practice Nicole Ramsamy; 9. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners Ali Drummond; 10. Indigenous-led research Bronwyn Fredericks and Raelene Ward; 11. Cultural understanding of Aboriginal mental health and suicides from a social and emotional wellbeing perspective Raelene Ward; 12. Indigenous child health Donna Hartz; 13 Caring for our elders Bronwyn Fredericks, Odette Best and Doseena Fergie.

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Yatdjuligin explores the fundamentals of health care for Indigenous Australians from both the patient and the professional perspective.

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Odette Best is a Wakgun clan member of the Gurreng Gurreng Nation and holds a Boonthamurra bloodline with adoption ties to the Koomumberri people. Odette holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences (double major in Aboriginal Health and Community Development), Master of Philosophy, with a thesis entitled 'Community Control Theory and Practice: A case study of the Brisbane Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service', and a Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D., with a thesis entitled 'The stories of Aboriginal nurses in Queensland 1950-2005'. Odette has worked extensively within the area of Aboriginal health, with roles such as sexual health coordinator at the Brisbane Aboriginal and Islander Community Health Service and within the women's and youth prison systems in Brisbane for 10 years. In 1998, Odette made the move into the tertiary sector and became a lecturer at the University of Queensland, in 2000 she became a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, and in 2011 as Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queensland University of Technology. In 2017, Odette took up the position of Associate Professor, at the University of Southern Queensland. Bronwyn Fredericks is a Murri woman from south-east Queensland, Brisbane/Ipswich region. She is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University. In 2016, Bronwyn was appointed as a Commissioner with the Queensland Productivity Commission to lead the Inquiry into service delivery in Queensland's remote and discrete Indigenous communities. Bronwyn has worked with health departments at both state and federal levels, and has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community based organisations spanning over thirty years. Bronwyn holds a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Education, Master of Education, Master of Education Studies, Ph.D., Justice of the Peace (Qual.), Certificate IV in Community Culture and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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