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Red Dust Healing Program



Red Dust Healing is a cultural healing program that was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and their families. Originally designed by Tom Powell, and further developed in partnership with Randal Ross, the goal of the program is to heal and rehabilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders and those at risk of offending. The program is designed to examine the intergenerational effects of colonisation on the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. It also encourages individuals to confront and deal with the problems, hurt, and anger in their lives. Though written from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspectives, Red Dust Healing also accommodates non-Indigenous people.

Red Dust Healing uses a multifaceted approach covering four main areas:

The program is delivered to groups in two separate sessions per group: the first session allows participants to heal and deal with their own issues; and the second gives them the skills to pass on the information and tools to family members and community. Delivery of the content is facilitated by trainers to a group of participants over several days, with the second round of training completed within a four to six week period after the initial training block.

The program has been delivered to groups in both New South Wales and Queensland, and over 11,000 people completed different stages of the program.

Abstract adapted from Red Dust Healing


Tom Powell
Red Dust Healing
Mobile: 0419 489 275


Last updated: 19 March 2018
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