Title

Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory

Document Type

Report

Publisher

Menzies School of Health Research / The Lowitja Institute

RAS ID

28880

Comments

Originally published as: Smith, J., Christie, B., Bonson, J., Adams, M., Osborne, R., Judd, B., ... Fleay, J. (2019). Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory. Darwin, NT: Menzies School of Health Research. Original publication available here

Abstract

Health literacy and gender are increasingly seen as critical social determinants of health impacting on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They are repeatedly mentioned in health-related policies and strategies at state, territory and national levels. Yet, very little is known about how these concepts shape the identities and life aspirations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.

The aim of this study was to understand the interplay between health literacy, masculinities and cultural identity among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males living in the Northern Territory (NT). This research responds to multiple priorities identified during a NT Indigenous Male Research Strategy Think Tank held in June 2016.

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