New study explores gender in Aboriginal communities.

28th Jun 2019

Image from left to right: Gabbie Zizzo, Courtney Hammond (Research Cadet, University of Adelaide) and Dominic Guerrera.

A new report from South Australia’s peak Aboriginal health body says greater consideration of gender needs to be applied to future polices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In order to explore gender, gender roles and gender equity an Aboriginal Gender Study was conducted by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

43 Aboriginal women, men and LGBTIQ people in three communities in South Australia, shared stories about roles, responsibilities and experiences in community life.

While the study found diverse views on gender, recipients identified that a strong Aboriginal woman is described as being connected to culture and prominent in family and community. Strong Aboriginal men were defined by knowledge of culture and identity and their ability to share these understandings.

The report recommended approaches to address racial and gender stereotypes along with the promotion of positive role models that are important in bringing about gender equity.

One of the recommendations of the study included the need for Aboriginal people to deliver Indigenous LGBTIQ awareness training for health and community services.

The final report from the Aboriginal Gender Study was released at the recent Lowitja Institute Conference in Darwin.

Following the release of the report CAAMA’s Kyle Dowling spoke with Aboriginal Gender Study researchers Dominic Guerrera and Gabbie Zizzo from the South Australian Aboriginal Health Council.