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Bicultural practice in the Northern Territory children and families sector: practitioners' reflections of working two-ways

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Bicultural practice in the Northern Territory children and families sector: practitioners' reflections of working two-ways

by McGuinness K, Leckning B

Report
Year 2013
City Darwin
Institution Centre for Child Development and Education and Strong Aboriginal Families, Together, Menzies School of Health Research

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

This publication reports on a qualitative research project which aimed to describe how cultural models of service delivery are understood, and to identify key elements to inform the development of a two-way, bicultural practice framework for the children and families sector in the Northern Territory (NT).

While the research focused on practice in non-government organisations (NGOs) delivering services to children and families at risk of substance misuse, family violence, and mental health issues, the researchers anticipate that the findings in this report could lead to a sharper policy and practice focus on cultural safety in the broader Australian Indigenous context.

The study design included:

  • a selective literature review
  • interviews and focus groups with 74 participants (48% Aboriginal) from nine organisations delivering services in remote, regional and urban settings across both the Top End and Central Australia
  • thematic analysis.

The report presents eight themes derived from the thematic analysis:

  • two-way practice
  • governance
  • operational management
  • recruitment and training
  • cultural safety
  • reflective practice
  • quality assurance
  • adapting systems.

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