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THE JAMES RANKIN ORATION – INDIGENOUS ALCOHOL ABUSE: NOTIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY AND MORAL AUTHORITY

MAGGIE BRADY

Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia

In the last few years Indigenous affairs in Australia have been the subject of intense scrutiny and political debate highlighting the apparent failure of past policies and the persistence of poor health and socio-economic outcomes, alcohol-related violence and the neglect and abuse of children. However, many of these social problems are influenced by complex ways of living, being and interacting within the family that are beyond the reach of government and unresponsive to policy decisions. This presentation explores how Aboriginal people are creatively managing the challenges of relatedness and modernity and how health professionals can play a role.