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April 2019


Dear subscribers,

Welcome to the Healing portal newsletter from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and The Healing Foundation.

Please share this newsletter with your networks and anyone who might be interested in healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can also stay up to date via the HealthInfoNet Twitter and The Healing Foundation Twitter accounts.

Kind regards
Michelle Elwell
Senior Research Officer
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Be sure to check out the Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students [Resource package] (2019)
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News

In March, The Healing Foundation proudly launched the Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students. These teaching resources have been created to educate young people about the Stolen Generations. The aim is to make it easy for school communities to start the conversation and inform classroom discussions using facts, real examples and stories.

             
Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students [Resource package] (2019)

The resources introduce students from Foundation to Year 9 to the firsthand experiences of Stolen Generations members. While the policies and suffering of the Stolen Generations is only one part of the ongoing story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is an essential one to learn and to teach so students have a full understanding of the history of Australia.

Other news items

  • Schools to promote broader understanding of Australian history - [Media release] March 2019 - Australian history and the curriculum that teaches it received a boost as new lesson plans detailing the lived experience of the Stolen Generations became available to school children on 27 March 2019.
  • Stolen Generations want a commitment on aged care - [Media release] February 2019 Eleven years on from the National Apology, members of the Stolen Generations are calling on governments to ensure aged care services are sensitive to their needs and support publicly funded alternatives to residential care that deal with trauma related issues arising from re-institutionalisation.
  • We have the evidence to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma [Media release] February 2019 - The Healing Foundation is calling on broader Australia to use existing suicide reduction research to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma.

Programs and organisations

  • Minajalku Aboriginal Healing Centre, Victoria (Vic)  - The Minajalku Aboriginal Healing Centre provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to meet and have a yarn with each other. The main aim of the Centre is to heal the hurts of the past and build and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Stepped Care: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Services - Stepped Care is a model for primary mental health services in the Central, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast regions of Queensland provided by Artius; a disability employment and health services company. The model focuses on ensuring clients are matched to a service that most meets the clients needs.
  • 'Stronger Together' Campaign - The Stronger Together campaign has been developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of the R U OK? initiative. It encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be looking out for one another, and checking in when someone doesn't seem 'ok'.
  • Family Participation Program - The Family Participation Program supports the primary principle that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to self-determination.
  • Family Wellbeing Program - The Family Wellbeing Program aims to bring together Aboriginal health professionals and others who work with Aboriginal people to gain the necessary skills to be able to support individuals, families and communities to overcome their social and emotional challenges and will help create stronger communities and family environments.
  • OCHRE Healing Forums, New South Wales (NSW) - The OCHRE Healing Forums were an opportunity for interested Aboriginal communities to engage directly with government and non-government agencies to:
    • increase understanding of intergenerational trauma and healing
    • identify local/regional issues and opportunities to improve the way government and non-government organisations work with communities
    • build local partnerships and support for healing.
View more Programs for Healing View more Organisations for Healing
The team at the HealthInfoNet is always interested to hear about other programs and projects that people are working on, or even ones that have already been completed. If you would like to send us through some information we’d be more than happy to host your organisation on site! Get in touch with me at: m.elwell@ecu.edu.au

Publications

                         

A Theory of Change for Healing report was published by The Healing Foundation in April 2019. This report has three key domains to support positive healing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These domains are:
  1. Quality healing programs and initiatives.
  2. Healing networks, champions and organisations.
  3. A supportive policy environment.
Other publications added to the Healing portal. View more Publications for Healing
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To find other recent publications about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health check out the 
HealthBulletin – our peer reviewed electronic journal.

Resources

  • Timeline of trauma and healing in Australia - This timeline looks at some of the events, trauma and healing that has taken place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The dates in the timeline are a selection of events that have occurred and is not intended to be a complete list. {Poster} (2018)
  • Intergenerational Trauma Animation - This video is an education resource that explains where intergenerational trauma comes from and how it impacts young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. {Audiovisual} (2018)
  • Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students - These teaching resources has been created to educate young people about the Stolen Generations. The aim is to make it easy for school communities to start the conversation and inform classroom discussions using facts, real examples and stories. [Resource package] (2019)
  • Justice reinvestment community toolkit - This resource is for Aboriginal communities that are interested in adopting a justice reinvestment (JR) framework, as a way to strengthen their communities and build pathways for children and young people away from the criminal justice system. [Resource} (2019)
  • The Healing Foundation Stolen Generations case studies -These case studies were developed to inform the content of the Stolen Generations school kit for teachers and students, developed by The Healing Foundation. [Resource package] (2019).
  • Coping with the impacts of trauma - The information in this publication is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who have suffered trauma, or witnessed a terrible event in their daily lives. These events can trigger distressing memories or reactions related to the original trauma. This can happen many years after the traumatic event occurred. [Brochure] (2019).
To view more resources for healing follow these links:
Trauma, Stolen Generations, Traditional healing, Children and young people, Men, Women, Community healing, Traditional healing.

Courses and training

  • Diploma of Counselling - CHC51015 - The Diploma of Counselling - CHC51015  is specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working within the community services industry in NSW. 
View more Courses for Healing

Conferences, workshops and events

We will be promoting the Healing portal at the Lowitja Conference in Darwin in June 2019, if you are attending be sure to come along and say hello! View more Events for Healing

Jobs

View more Jobs for Healing
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