Kendall, S, Lighton, S, Sherwood, J, Baldry, E & Sullivan, E 2019, 'Holistic Conceptualizations of Health by Incarcerated Aboriginal Women in New South Wales, Australia.', Qualitative health research, vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 1549-1565.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
While there has been extensive research on the health and social and emotional well-being (SEWB) of Aboriginal women in prison, there are few qualitative studies where incarcerated Aboriginal women have been directly asked about their health, SEWB, and health care experiences. Using an Indigenous research methodology and SEWB framework, this article presents the findings of 43 interviews with incarcerated Aboriginal women in New South Wales, Australia. Drawing on the interviews, we found that Aboriginal women have holistic conceptualizations of their health and SEWB that intersect with the SEWB of family and community. Women experience clusters of health problems that intersect with intergenerational trauma, perpetuated and compounded by ongoing colonial trauma including removal of children. Women are pro-active about their health but encounter numerous challenges in accessing appropriate health care. These rarely explored perspectives can inform a reframing of health and social support needs of incarcerated Aboriginal women establishing pathways for healing.
Sherwood, J, Lighton, S, Dundas, K, French, T, Link- Gordon, D, Smith, K & Anthony, T 2015, 'WHO ARE THE EXPERTS HERE? Recognition of Aboriginal women and community workers in research and beyond', AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 177-191.
This paper explores how Indigenous- centred methodologies are crucial to the design and conduct of research projects that seek to have meaningful outcomes for Indigenous women and communities. We draw on experiential observations of an advisory group led by Indigenous experts that was part of the Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal Mothers in prison (SCREAM) research project. From their experience we identify lessons for how Indigenous expertise can be utilized to promote mutually respectful relationships among Indigenous and non- Indigenous researchers, organizations and agencies. We found that the formation of an Indigenous- led advisory group from a project's inception is a powerful vehicle for informing its purposes, method and dissemination of findings back to Indigenous participants and communities. Our approach has produced a set of data on Indigenous women prisoners that prioritizes, rather than pathologizes, Indigenous standpoints, and recognizes the complex effects of colonization for these women. This paper seeks to convey the research process to inform future research that engages Indigenous participants.