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Indigenous AOD Workers' Wellbeing Resources

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

Type: Book
Author: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Publisher: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Year: 2010

This resource aims to support non-Indigenous family relationship services to work in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their communities.

The resource offers a general introduction to and practical tips on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and families
  • the social and historical context of contemporary issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • the importance of personal professional reflection and tips on cross-cultural communication approaches
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols
  • approaches for non-Indigenous organisations to develop their cultural competence in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations
  • developing culturally appropriate programs and professional practice
  • using action research evaluation methodologies for organisations to document, reflect on, evaluate and report on initiatives to engage more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and develop partnerships with community organisations.


Targeted at family relationships services, the resource is suitable for all staff, including administrative and intake staff, counsellors, mediators and dispute resolution practitioners, relationship and parenting educators, and managers/supervisors. The resource is also useful to other non-Indigenous staff and organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in family and community services.

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