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Associations between participation in a ranger program and health and wellbeing outcomes among aboriginal and torres strait islander people in central Australia: A proof of concept study

Jones, Roxanne; Thurber, Katherine; Wright, Alyson; Chapman, Jan; Donohoe, Peter; Davis, Vanessa; Lovett, Raymond

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Culture can be viewed as an integral part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. This study explores the association between caring for country, through participation in a Ranger program, and wellbeing. We analyzed cross-sectional data collected in Central Australia in 2017, comparing health and wellbeing (life satisfaction, general health, psychological wellbeing and family wellbeing) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed as Rangers (n = 43)...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorJones, Roxanne
dc.contributor.authorThurber, Katherine
dc.contributor.authorWright, Alyson
dc.contributor.authorChapman, Jan
dc.contributor.authorDonohoe, Peter
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Vanessa
dc.contributor.authorLovett, Raymond
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-07T01:58:18Z
dc.date.available2019-06-07T01:58:18Z
dc.identifier.issn1661-7827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/163998
dc.description.abstractCulture can be viewed as an integral part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. This study explores the association between caring for country, through participation in a Ranger program, and wellbeing. We analyzed cross-sectional data collected in Central Australia in 2017, comparing health and wellbeing (life satisfaction, general health, psychological wellbeing and family wellbeing) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples employed as Rangers (n = 43) versus not employed as Rangers (n = 160). We tested if any differences in outcomes were explained by differences in key demographic or health factors. Ranger participation was significantly associated with very high life satisfaction (PR = 1.69, 95% CI: 1.29, 2.20) and high family wellbeing (PR = 1.47, 95% CI: 1.13, 1.90); associations remained significant after individual adjustment for education, income, employment, health risk factors and health conditions. The magnitude and direction of associations were similar for very good general health, but results were not significant. We did not identify an association between Ranger participation and psychological wellbeing. While based on a small sample, these findings support the assertion that participation in the Ranger program is associated with positive health and wellbeing outcomes. This supports the continuation of cultural participation and practice through the Ranger program and has implications for funding, program and policy development.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rights© 2018 by the authors.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
dc.titleAssociations between participation in a ranger program and health and wellbeing outcomes among aboriginal and torres strait islander people in central Australia: A proof of concept study
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor111701 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB10456
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.mdpi.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationJones, Roxanne, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationThurber, Katherine, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWright, Alyson, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationChapman, Jan, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDonohoe, Peter, The Central Land Council
local.contributor.affiliationDavis, Vanessa, Tangentyere Research Hub
local.contributor.affiliationLovett, Raymond, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1478
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage13
local.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph15071478
local.identifier.absseo920302 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
dc.date.updated2019-03-24T07:17:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85050138992
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceLicensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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