Aboriginal Definition of health

The concept, perception and definition of health from the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS, 1989) is a key concept in Aboriginal health:

” ‘Health’ to Aboriginal peoples is a matter of determining all aspects of their life, including control over their physical environment, of their dignity, of community self-esteem, and of justice. It is not merely a matter of the provision of doctors, hospitals, medicine or the absence of disease and incapacity.”

Health is “not just the physical well being of an individual but the social, emotional and cultural well being of the whole community. This is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.”

Even if only one person is sick, the whole community hurts.