The health & wellbeing
of Indigenous peoples


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples is part of a broader campaign, which individually and collectively explores different dimensions of Indigenous culture and identity.

Disparities in Indigenous health outcomes are widely understood to be rooted in colonialism, discrimination, and systemic racism. Research into the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples has been characterised by a deficit-focus. Increasingly, however, research is serving to illustrate the holistic nature of Indigenous health and wellbeing – a model of thinking and practice that is strengths-based and therefore better reflects the values and principles of Indigenous communities.

What role does culture and identity play in perceptions of health and ill-health in Indigenous communities? What constitutes culturally appropriate health interventions and healthcare services for Indigenous communities? What is the role of Indigenous-led research in reducing health inequalities in Indigenous communities?

We are inviting you to contribute to the discussion by sharing your research, insights and/or viewpoints that relate to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. Please get in touch with us.

This mission is aligned with our Healthier lives goal

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Our publications have content on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples that we’d like to share with you.


Blogs & videos

To find out more about what our research community have to say regarding the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, read our latest blogs and watch the videos.

Haukāinga – Bro Ora: revitalising tāne Māori wellbeing through an awa lens

Tom Johnson, Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development

Tom Johnson talks about the global increase in Indigenous health and wellbeing

Can Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) Indigenous communities achieve sustainable health equity in the absence of widespread cultural reform?

Dr Amohia Boulton and Dr Tanya Allport, Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, New Zealand

Dr Boulton and Dr Allport discuss the alarming disparity between the health outcomes of Māori and Pākehā (non-Māori).


Mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Professor Pat Dudgeon, Director of the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, University of Western Australia

Professor Dudgeon discusses the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the role of social and emotional well-being.

Educational equality & anti-bullying in Northern Ontario, Canada

Robyn O’Loughlin, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada

Robyn O'Loughlin asks whether or not educators can critically evaluate their experiences, attitudes and assumptions and how these may impact the students they teach, particularly Indigenous students.…
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Different routes to publication

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.

Recent special issue & books

See our recently published special issue on this topic and visit our online bookstore to see all our latest publications.

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Additional information

policy brief

A framework for culturally appropriate & sustainable Indigenous housing

Daphne Habibis, University of Tasmania

Safe, secure and stable housing is central to social, emotional and economic well-being for individuals and families. Housing is recognised by the United Nations as a fundamental human right, yet when it comes to Indigenous housing individuals disproportionately experience unsafe, unstable and substandard housing.

This brief identifies the key policy learnings for a framework for culturally appropriate and sustainable Indigenous housing.

Indigenous voices

This mission is one of four that are part of a wider focus on Indigenous peoples. You can find out more about this – and the related missions – on our Indigenous voices page.

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Talk to us about your work

We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to the health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples, please let us now by filling in this form.


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