This book uses a theoretical model to explore the position of Indigenous Australians in relation to health science research. It provides a contemporary understanding of Indigenous affairs, particularly in regards to counselling, community development, and policy. The book is comprised of eight chapters, covering the following topic areas:

  • Not another native informant
  • Reconstructing gender and ‘race’ relations after the frontier
  • Consciousness, abjection and the colonised subject
  • Pain as a catalyst for change, for working for change
  • ‘Changing the terms of the conversation’ and moving from “a survival mentality to a living mentality”
  • Borderlands: what is happening there?
  • Land and spirit: old ways of being
  • Conclusion: abjection denies a future of shared joys.


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Jennifer Baker is a Mirning woman whose mother and grandmother were born either side of the Nullarbor Plain on the southern coast of Australia. She has a PhD and a Master of Primary Health Care from Flinders University in South Australia and trained as a registered nurse at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital Inc in the early 1970s. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.