Literature on engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

The following are various articles I’ve come across relating to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. Some of them directly relate to community engagement, are more general and address issues we should consider.

Articles available on the web.

Ah Chin, W. (2005). From strategy to reality: A model for community engagement. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities. Retrieved 14/01/2008, from https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-01-31T05%3A59%3A00.457Z/ahchin-wendy-final.pdf

Beatty, D., & Doran, A. (2007). Evaluation report: Hey, Dad! Program for Indigenous dads, uncles and pops. Sydney: UnitingCare Burnside and Centacare. Available from www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/docs/heydadeval.pdf.

Cowling, V., & Searle, S. (2009). Wiyiliin Ta nubaliin Ta: Working with Aboriginal families and communities. The Clinician, 4, 135-141. Available from http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/mhdao/pdf/56641_The_Clinician_Vol4_text.pdf.

Elliott, P. (2005). Engaging Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to create safer communities. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities. Retrieved 14/01/2008, from https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-01-31T04%3A32%3A19.411Z/elliott-paul-final.pdf

Hogan, D. (2005). The Learning Circles of Lockhart River. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities. from https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-01-31T05%3A57%3A07.601Z/hagan-denise-final.pdf

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1997). Bringing them home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families. Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Available from http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/bth_report/index.html .

McCauley, P. (2008). Wadeye: failed state as cultural triumph. Quadrant, 52(12), 24-35. Available from http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2008/12/wadeye-failed-state-as-cultural-triumph.

National Health and Medical Research Council (2003). Values and ethics: Guidelines on ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council. Available from http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e52syn.htm.

NSW Department of Community Services (2009). Working with Aboriginal people and communities: A practice resource. Ashfield: NSW Department of Community Services. Available from http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/documents/working_with_aboriginal.pdf

Nursey-Bray, M. (2005). Having a yarn: Engaging with Indigenous communities in natural resource management. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities. Retrieved 14/01/2008, from https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-01-31T04%3A27%3A03.670Z/nursey-bray-melissa-final.pdf

Parker, R. (2009). Program spotlight : Hey Dad! For Indigenous Dads, Uncles and Pops. Family Relationships Quarterly(12), 13-14. Available from http://www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/pubs/newsletter/newsletter12.html

Ralph, S. (1997). Working with Aboriginal families: issues and guidelines for family and child counsellors. Family Matters(46), 46-50. Available from http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/fm/fm46sr.pdf

Ross, H., & Nursey-Bray, M. (2005). Engaging with Indigenous communities in natural resource management: Advice for agencies. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities. Retrieved 14/01/2008, from https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-01-31T04%3A27%3A03.670Z/nursey-bray-melissa-final.pdf

Stuart, G., May, C., & Hammond, C. (2015). Engaging Aboriginal fathers. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal(42), 4-17. Available from https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/engaging-aboriginal-fathers/

Wenitong, M. (2002). Indigenous male health. Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Available from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-oatsih-pubs-malehealth.htm.

Articles from journals or other sources not on the web.

(Many are available online if you have access to a University Library)

Ah Chin, W. (2006). From strategy to reality: a model for community engagement. [Article based on a presentation to the International Conference on Engaging Communities 14-17 August 2005.]. Public Administration Today(9), 21-30.

Ah-Kee, M., & Tilbury, C. (1999). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principle is about self determination. Children Australia, 24(3), 4-8.

Bennett, B., Zubrzycki, J., & Bacon, V. (2011). What Do We Know? The Experiences of Social Workers Working Alongside Aboriginal People. Australian Social Work, 64(1), 20-37. doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2010.511677

Collard, L., & Palmer, D. (1994). Ethical youth work with Nyungar families. Youth Issues Forum (Winter), 15-19.

Cunneen, C., & Libesman, T. (2000). Postcolonial trauma: The contemporary removal of Indigenous children and young people from their families in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 35(2), 99-115.

Haebich, A., & Delroy, A. (1999). The stolen generations: Separation of Aboriginal children from their families in Western Australia. Perth: Western Australian Museum.

Hammond, C., Fletcher, R., Lester, J., & Pascoe, S. (2003). Young Aboriginal Fathers Project. Newcastle: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle.

Jackson, A. (2001). Child protection: working more effectively with Aboriginal families: ideas and processes. Paper presented at the Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Jones, P. (2005). Principles and approaches to facilitate community engagement: a case study. Public Administration Today(4), 9-14. [Focus on Aboriginal communities.]

Koch, T., Mann, S., Kralik, D., & van Loon, A. M. (2005). Reflection: Look, think and act cycles in participatory action research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 10(3), 261-278. [Action research with Aboriginal people living with diabetes.]

Mann, S. (n.d.). Diabetes and related disorders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: Participatory Action Research to improve diabetes self-management with Aboriginal families: Final Report. Whyalla Norrie, S.A.: National Health and Medical Research Council.

McCalman, J., Baird, B., & Tsey, K. (2007). Indigenous men taking their rightful place – How one Aboriginal community is achieving results. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 31(4), 8-9.

Neill, R. (2002). White out: How politics is killing black Australia. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.

O’Mullan, C. (2005). Engaging communities in promoting the health of their children. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 29(1), 8-10.

Palmer, D. (1995). “Getting shown a thing or two” The adoption of Nyungar cultural forms by youth workers. Youth Studies Australia, 14(4), 22-28.

Towney, L. M. (2005). The power of healing in the yarn: working with Aboriginal men. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work(1), 39-43.

Trebeck, K. (2004). Companies, complexity and CSR: community engagement in the miningindustry. Australian Chief Executive(Apr 2004), 48-49.

Tsey, K., Patterson, D., Whiteside, M., Baird, L., Baird, B., & Tsey, K. (2003). Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society? A follow-up report. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 11(6), 285-286.

Tsey, K., Patterson, D., Whiteside, M., Baird, L., & Baird, B. (2002). Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society: a preliminary analysis of a participatory action research process with Yarrabah men’s health group. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10(6), 278-284.

Wilson, R. (1997). Bringing them home: a guide to the findings and recommendations of the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

I should emphasise that I don’t necessarily endorse all these papers. Please let me know of others if you can think of them.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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