A remote health story: Rob and Stella live in Nabvana

Janie Dade Smith

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Many health practitioners work in remote Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, which makes it important that they understand the impact of the social determinants upon the health status of the people they serve.

Rather than recite the statistics that we echo daily this innovative filmic presentation will tell a fictional story about a day in the life of a young family who live in very remote Australia—Rob and Stella live in Nabvana.

Alongside the story are the health statistics that are suffered every day by remote Indigenous families. The story then describes what the future life trajectory would look like for their new son Arnold, if he was born today.

This is a different, powerful and innovative presentation, which fits in well with the nature of the conference. It is based on the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and compares the health status of Indigenous peoples in the USA, Canada and New Zealand.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event14th National Rural Health Conference - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 26 Apr 201729 Apr 2017
Conference number: 14


Conference14th National Rural Health Conference
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