Improving Health Care Spaces to Suit Indigenous Needs
The health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is one of the most alarming measures of inequality in Australia. Due to the tumultuous historical context of our nation, many Indigenous people feel distrustful towards mainstream health services. Improvements to hospital and doctor’s wards may make Indigenous people feel far more safe and included and may also improve their prospects of recovery. While cross-cultural design has been implemented in housing and prisons, the significance of culturally supportive healthcare services has not fully been realised.
We were joined by Dr Kylie Gwynne to discuss whether health care spaces should be improved to suit Indigenous needs. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.