Bill is a Ngarrindjeri man, who has worked with Aboriginal children and young people for many years to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes. He is currently the CEO of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and supports Emerging Minds as a cultural mentor. Bill has a strong passion and commitment for self-determination and supporting local Aboriginal organisations in his region. He also has experience working with Aboriginal children, parents and families as a senior practitioner of Aboriginal Community Connect, a residential and outreach treatment facility based in South Australia.
This webinar was held on Tuesday, 9 July 2019.
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In Australia, there is a large gap between the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, children and parents in mandated services (such as child protection) and these families’ use of voluntary community support services.
In this webinar, Bill and Dana discussed their extensive work with non-Aboriginal services and Aboriginal communities to find ways to address this gap. They have worked to increase trust through culturally competent practices that acknowledge the history of social, political and institutional marginalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ruth discussed her experience as a non-Aboriginal manager working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a non-Aboriginal organisation.
The presenters explored the practical implementation of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and how this sits alongside traditional therapeutic approaches in non-Aboriginal services to deliver positive outcomes, particularly for infant and child mental health.
- explored the challenges for non-Aboriginal organisations and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and how to meet these challenges
- examined current research underlining the importance of cultural competence in non-Aboriginal services
- gave examples of organisational and individual practice that have built trust and collaboration within Aboriginal communities and led to positive outcomes for these families
- outlined what non-Aboriginal organisations should consider in the recruitment, supervision, training and attitudes of staff when developing a culturally intelligent and responsive workforce
- gave examples of non-Aboriginal staff being genuinely curious about the stories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, communities, children and families.
This webinar was the fifth in a series focusing on children's mental health. It is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds. They are working together as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
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