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The Healing Foundation Development Team has begun conducting community workshops across Australia to listen to ideas for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. The establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation was announced by the Australian Government in its 2009-10 Budget, in which funding of $26.6 million over four years was allocated.
The Development Team was established to work with Indigenous people to ensure broad ownership and support for the Foundation, establishment of which is partly in response to calls for action to address the intergenerational impacts of trauma and grief. Its establishment builds on the COAG commitments to ‘closing the gaps' between Indigenous and other Australians.
The Team will work with the Government between May and July 2009 in undertaking consultations with key organisations and individuals and conduct community workshops across Australia. The information gathered will contribute to development of the role and structure of the Healing Foundation.
Workshops are open to all interested participants, for dates and locations see below at ‘How to have your say’. Written submissions are invited by 31 July 2009.
Ms Brenda Campe
Director, Healing Foundation Development Section
Indigenous Leadership and Engagement Group
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 7788
Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
Fax: (02) 6133 8322