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  • A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    by Lorraine Muller

    Lorraine Muller outlines a theory for professional practice with Indigenous clients in the human services, based on traditional Indigenous knowledge and spirituality. Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language. Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social...

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Volume 376

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Volume 376

    by Editor: Justin Healey

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live about 10 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Since 2006, the ‘closing the gap’ campaign has been pursued in collaboration between government and health, welfare and rights agencies to try and close the health and life expectancy gap within a generation. The health disadvantages experienced by Indigenous Australians are shaped by history and the broader social and economic conditions in which they live; progress has been slow and mixed. This book evaluates the progress made towards closing the gap. How can Indigenous outcomes be...

  • Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring Storylines Of Pride, Strength And Creativity

    Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring Storylines Of Pride, Strength And Creativity

    by Dulwich

    This book shares stories of creative inventions by Aboriginal narrative therapists and community workers, including the ‘Shame Mat’, the ‘Language Tree of Life’, ‘Conversations with Lateral Violence’, and ‘Narrative community gatherings’. These significant innovations are expanding the field of narrative practice, not only in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts, but also across cultures and internationally. Significantly, this book also illustrates how narrative practices are being used by Aboriginal communities to decolonise identity stories, to move beyond mental health labels, and to step out of missionary rules and closets of shame. In...

  • Aboriginal Symbol Cards

    Aboriginal Symbol Cards

    by Riley Callie

    A set of 20 beautiful Aboriginal Symbol Flash Cards, perfect as a visual aid in any learning context, for both children and adults alike. Produced by Indigenous business, Riley Callie Resources.

  • Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

    Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

    by Roy McIvor

    When Roy McIvor was a small boy, his people were taken from their mission home in Cape Bedford and exiled to Woorabinda Aboriginal Reserve more than 1500 kilometres away. Their lives were torn apart as they witnessed the death of more than a third of their people at Woorabinda and the internment of their beloved German missionary “Muni”. The removal of the Guugu Yimirthirrr people from Cape Bedford during World War II is a shameful yet seldom-told chapter in the history of Australia which remains unexplained to this day. Roy...

  • Colouring Country. An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book

    Colouring Country. An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book

    by Ros Moriarty

    An all-ages colouring-in book based on Australian Indigenous artworks from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive. Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime. The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world's oldest continuing culture. The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art...

  • Forgotten War

    Forgotten War

    by Henry Reynolds

    *Winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for non-fiction!* Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it more controversial to talk about the frontier war now than it was one hundred years ago? Forgotten War continues the story told in Henry Reynolds’ seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier, which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of...

  • Indigenous Rights: Issues in Society - Volume 366

    Indigenous Rights: Issues in Society - Volume 366

    by Editor: Justin Healey

    There is still much to be done to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population in terms of social and economic development, culture, land, education, health, justice and human rights. This book looks at the progress of key rights issues confronting Australia’s indigenous peoples, including historical civil rights milestones; land rights and native title; Reconciliation and the apology to the Stolen Generations; indigenous governance and self-determination; and constitutional recognition. Indigenous Rights also examines the government policy aimed at closing the gap in health...

  • Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work

    Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work

    by Bennett, Green, Gilbert & Bess

    Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work is a ground breaking collection of writings from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australian social work educators and students. Through the exploration of a number of important contemporary social work practice issues, including cultural supervision, working with communities, understanding trauma, collaboration and relationship building and narrative practice, this book provides valuable insights into how social work practice can be developed, taught and practiced in ways that are culturally safe and competent. It offers the collective voice of Aboriginal and Torres...

  • Riding the Black Cockatoo

    Riding the Black Cockatoo

    by John Danalis

    John Danalis tells his personal journey toward understanding Indigenous Australians in Riding the Black Cockatoo. As a mature-aged student studying ‘Indigenous Writing’, Danalis mentions the Aboriginal skull christened ‘Mary’ that his parents kept on the mantle-piece while he was growing up. Painted yellow to keep it from cracking and used occasionally as a cigarette holder, the skull was one of many artefacts his father collected as a keepsake. The expressions of shock that this revelation causes amongst the students in his writing class, gives Danalis cause for reflection. Determined to...

  • Social Work with Indigenous Communities 2nd Ed.

    Social Work with Indigenous Communities 2nd Ed.

    by Linda Briskman

    The health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population is marked by recurring and seemingly intractable issues such as poor access to services, family violence, and high levels of infant mortality. More than 200 years of historical, cultural and political factors have shaped Indigenous lives - and the perceptions of social workers. Linda Briskman, social worker, academic and author of the acclaimed book The Black Grapevine - Aboriginal Activism and the Stolen Generations, throws down the gauntlet to practitioners and students of social work, challenging them to pursue a better,...

  • Stolen Generations-The way forward: Issues in Society - Volume 289

    Stolen Generations-The way forward: Issues in Society - Volume 289

    by Editor - Justin Healey

    Since the federal Government’s apology to Indigenous Australians over past welfare policies of forced removal of children, debate has continued over how to move beyond symbolism with practical measures aimed at healing the traumatic effects of historic wrongs and ameliorating Indigenous disadvantage. This book explores the history of Reconciliation and the Stolen Generations, and includes personal stories of removal and reactions to the apology. It also looks ahead and examines the debate over proposals to act on recommendations from the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report which urges dealing with ‘unfinished business’, including...

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