Essays on Contemporary Problem in Health Management Case Study

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The paper 'Contemporary Problem in Health Management' is a great example of a Management Case Study. The health constructs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is not only concerned with the individual physical wellbeing but also the emotional, social, as well as cultural wellbeing of the whole community. However, this concept as observed by Markwick, Ansari, Sullivan, Parsons, and McNeil (2014) a concept that is normally overlooked by mainstream health services. For this reason, gaining the trust of the indigenous population in Australia has become so challenging considering that their mental and physical wellbeing is associated with cultural and historical context.

Evidently, Aboriginal Australians are experientially, linguistically, and culturally diverse populations, and masking their health determinants is somewhat challenging. Evidently, there are inequalities in health between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal Australians, in terms of social capital and psychosocial risk factors. The inequality and poverty that they experience is a modern reflection of how they were treated in the past and the health status inequality that they experience for decades is associated with systemic discrimination. Communication according to Shahid, Finn, and Thompson (2009) may be affected adversely by people’ s cultural, historical, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Culture is undeniably a multifaceted phenomenon that encompasses language, myth, knowledge, customs, rules, lifestyles, habits, beliefs, attitudes, and rituals that offer a common identity to a certain population. Communication concerns between health professionals and Indigenous patients have been identified where health practitioners have been found to deliver less supportive discourse and less information to patients from indigenous populations. The case study addresses the strategic management and organizational development required to optimize cultural safety in a health organization. In view of Cox's (2013) study, I have realized that cultural safety in addition to the process undertaken by nurses so as to realize cultural safety are dominant transformative factors within the health system.

I concur with Cox and Taua (2013)that the cultural safety cornerstone is that end-users must be treated in line with their differences and unique needs and the majority of people consider this idea challenging when equality ideas are ingrained as sameness.


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