Participation of Aboriginal People in Health Fields Introduction Aboriginal people need to be involved in their own health care because Native peoples’ perception of health is not individualistic as is true for western models but instead incorporates the health of the entire community and the ecosystem. Native people hold a holistic perspective on health and therefore think in terms of holistic and pluralistic to health issues. Indigenous people do not even think in terms of health as we know it so that an emic view is essential and can only be possible when sufficient numbers of Aboriginal people are employed in health–related careers and organizations. Meanwhile there are a number of Native people in the disciplines of medicine, nursing,...The end:
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