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Inequality and health in a remote Aboriginal community.



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10th July 2012

A recent conceptual reworking of the developmental origins of health and disease model that places it within a life history framework is used to interpret some of the history of people living today in the remote Arnhem Land community of Numbulwar. This approach suggests some of the means by which their past circumstances may have had an impact on their current health. A combination of history, ethnography and the neurobiology of stress and pregnancy helps us consider the manner in which environmental stressors, particularly those of social origin, may have intergenerational consequences for health.

Victoria Burbank is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. Her publications include Aboriginal Adolescence (Rutgers University Press 1988), Fighting Women (University of California Press 1994) and An Ethnography of Stress (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). She has engaged in anthropological research in the remote community of Numbulwar in southeast Arnhem Land since 1977.