Abstract

Despite evidence showing the importance of social determinants of Indigenous health and Indigenous rights for health and equity, they are not always recognised within policy. This scoping review identified research on public policy and Indigenous health through a systematic search. Key themes identified included the impact of ongoing colonisation; the central role of government in realising rights; and the difficulties associated with the provision of mainstream services for Indigenous Peoples, including tokenism towards Indigenous issues and the legacy of past policies of assimilation. Our approach to problem representation was guided by Bacchi (2009). Findings from the review show social determinants of Indigenous health and Indigenous rights may be acknowledged in policy rhetoric, but they are not always a priority for action within policy implementation.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health Equity: policy research on the social determinants of health equity (APP1078046). The authors acknowledge the contribution of peer reviewers and thank them for their feedback and recommendations, which enhanced the quality of the article.

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The authors of this article acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains.


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