Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources
Healing Services for Indigenous People
Type: Information Sheet
Author: Caruana, C.
Publisher: Family Relationships Quarterly: The Newsletter of the Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
The release of the 'Bringing Them Home' report in 1997 (National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, 1997) added impetus to calls for programs and services to address the healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Since then, numerous reports, articles, discussion papers and policy frameworks at both the State and Commonwealth level have recognised the need for a holistic approach to tackle the root causes, rather than just the symptoms, of Indigenous suffering and disadvantage. This article explores healing in the Indigenous context, including examples of core characteristics of Indigenous healing and recent supportive healing initiatives.