Re-thinking the health benefits of outstations in remote Indigenous Australia


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Abstract

The small, decentralised communities, known as outstations which satellite larger Indigenous Australian remote communities have often been conceptualised as places that are beneficial to health and well-being. This paper provides an exploration of the meaning of an outstation for one family and the benefits that this connection brings to them, which are expressed in a deep connection to the land, continuing relationships with ancestors and a safe refuge from the stresses of the larger community. We argue that the outstation provides a place for people to be in control of their lives and form hopes and plans for the future. These benefits are positioned in a context where the future liveability and sustainability of the outstation is both fragile and vulnerable.HighlightsA description of one remote Indigenous Australian outstation is given.Despite limited resources and funding, an argument about the continued important of outstation is presented.Provides one families engagement in hope and future planning through an outstation.

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