Critical Reflection Part 1: Assignment Instructions
One critical reflection: Using approximately 400 words (+/-10%).
Read Chapter 1 ‘Background to Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal interactions in Australia’ in the textbook
Eckermann, A. K., Down, T., Chong, E., Nixon, L., Gray, R., & Johnson, S. (2010). Binan Goonj: Bridging
Cultures in Aboriginal Health (3rd ed.). Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia. Then: Choose one historical
event or policy and critically reflect on how this has impacted on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Reflect on how this may impact on your future role as a health
professional. Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health.
If you refer to anything written in the textbook in your reflection, cite the source. Even though we
have all read the book and know where the information comes from, you must demonstrate academic
integrity in your writing. Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health.
You will need to use other books, government/organisational reports, peer reviewed journal articles
or websites (hosted by reputable organisations) to support your comments and to ensure that you have
met the criteria for the minimum 3 academic sources required for this assessment. Use APA 6th Edition
Referencing Style. Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health.
You may use statistical data to support your reflection, but make sure you use recent data.
Readings provided on Moodle and in your weekly workbooks will prove useful but you will also
undertake further research as you require. You will need to cite and reference all sources you use as
evidence for your comments. Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health.
If you remember a comment being made in class, this needs to be traced to a source that can be
referenced before it can be cited/used.
Reference your work at the end of the assignment.
Only your own personal thoughts and conclusions can be presented without an attached citation.
When you write about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and health, you must cite a
Please note that Turnitin will detect any matches with the assignments of other students – including
students who have submitted in past years. Be very careful if you look at any other assignments to ‘get
an idea’ of what is required – this is very personal assignment and must reflect your own
Please carefully read the feedback guide (rubric) in ‘Assessments’ on Moodle to see what is being
asked of you in detail. This will be used by your lecturer to provide feedback after your assignment has
been marked. Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health.
Critical Reflection of Chapter 1 – NTER and Aboriginal Health
The issue of Aboriginal health has been a rollercoaster since the days of invasion. The
perception about Aboriginals and Torres Islanders has changed over the years and their eventual
integration into the Australian society has had major impact on different aspect of their life,
including their health. From the start of colonisation, the relationship between the Australian
government and the Aboriginal and Torres Islanders was antagonistic, because they felt their
cultural practices were not respected (Eckerman, Dowd, Nixon, Gray & Johnson, 2012). As a
people who had been living free for centuries, the sudden appearance of strangers in the land and
their consequential colonisation greatly disrupted their cultural way of life. In addition, the
settlers adopted an ethnocentric relationship, which degraded Aboriginal culture practices as
primitive. Over the years, this antagonistic relationship has been defined by the government
trying to make the Aboriginals align with the Australian government aspirations and on other
hand, a community that is proud of their cultural practices and wants to stick to them………………..
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