As we live in this fast pace society where technological advancements exist, we tend to neglect the things that are happening outside our community. If we only can see the world beyond our comfort zone, where we can realise that life never ends with the things that we already knew. There are more to be discovered in this world, just like the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders ways of living.
Aboriginal communities are known for following the ancient ways of living amid today’s modernisation. Focus on culture-centred and traditional living which has been practised over millennia is and will be a part of our communities for all of time.
For us to know more of this, let us first go deeper in understanding my communities and all Indigenous communities.
“To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other.”
- Dr Tamara Maclean, Australia's First Female Aboriginal Doctor
Dr Tamara Mackean is known as a Walden woman of the Goldfields region of Western Australia. She is the Chairperson of the RACP’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee. As a doctor, working in our communities she has a unique and immersive understanding of the tribal culture and traditions that we possess.
Through the quote, it highlights the need to balance the physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health in our lives. Our faith drives our strong belief to the Great Spirit. This is always connected to our healing practices.