The Importance of Male Health
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The process of colonisation completely demoralised the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. Men’s roles, in particular, have suffered as the result of changes to traditional lifestyle and the disruption of family structures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have been disempowered through the reduction of their authority and status, and also because of restrictions on their cultural activities and values.
Past policies and practices over many generations have been instrumental in shaping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s lifestyle. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are in a state of astonishment with a sense of worthlessness, deeply influenced by historical processes. As there are few opportunities for personal achievement and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men: high unemployment, discrimination, family disruption and breakdown and profound social disadvantage have contributed to the poor mental health status of Aboriginal men.