Podcast 14: Partnership with Indigenous people

Since white settlers colonised Australia around 200 years ago, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has experienced generations of trauma.

This podcast provides an introduction to this history and how you can show your support for Australia’s First People. Robyn will provide some insight to the history and impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians. Belinda shares her experience as a non-Indigenous person who has worked with Indigenous communities.

In this episode we discuss:

– What is truth telling? (02:07)
– What does intergenerational trauma look like for Australia’s First People? (4:40)
– What is the ongoing impact of government policies on Australia’s First People? (06:12)
– What impact did the Protection Act and the forcible removal of children have on Australia’s First People? (07:15)
– Why Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country are important (09:19)
– Improving your understanding of Indigenous people (11:30)
– How non-Indigenous workers can effectively support Australia’s First People (14:15)
– The impact of intergenerational trauma (15:22)
– Trauma-informed practice (16:30 & 18:45)
– The importance of family and kinship relationships (17:20)
– Strengths-based focus for support (18:09)
– Building a relationship with people from Indigenous cultures (19:36)
– Working with diverse groups (21:00)

Ellen, Trainer and Project Manager, ermha365
Robyn Oxley, A Proud Tharawal woman from South-West Sydney, Criminologist and Academic.
Belinda, Support Worker Mentis Assist

This podcast series is part of the Developing the growing new NDIS (psychosocial disability) Workforce Project supported by the Victorian Government.