Finding the Boundaries of Tolerance: Exploring Attitudes to Health Illness and Disability

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2011
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Gavriel, Athena
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Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
Abstract
Stigma, silence and little in-depth research into Hellenes’ worldviews and practices regarding health, especially mental health, illness and disability, were catalysts for interpretative mixed method research, primarily of Hellenes in Aotearoa-New Zealand (NZ) with some resonance for Hellenes elsewhere (Gavriel, 2004). Being a NZ-born Hellene and a mental health nurse allowed a unique inside researcher position for indepth inquiry. Part of these findings form the basis of this discussion, which argues for meaningful changes or solutions to occur, Hellenes need to acknowledge and make overt often covert, health-related worldviews: attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviours, practices, pre and post migration experiences and concerns. These mechanisms position individuals, including or excluding them from relationships or groups with sanctions and laws maintaining these positions or shifting them. This paper will also identify and examine ensuing boundaries of tolerance to inform the reader about barriers to accessing help and treatment or services, which ultimately affect wellbeing.
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Greek Research, Greece, Australia, Athena Gavriel
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Gavriel, Athena 2009. Finding the Boundaries of Tolerance: Exploring Attitudes to Health Illness and Disability. In M. Rossetto, M. Tsianikas, G. Couvalis and M. Palaktsoglou (Eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2009". Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 236-247.