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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Bringing them home

 

Overview

The Bringing them home (BTH) program supported a national network of counsellors to provide a support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected (either directly or indirectly) by past government policies and practices regarding the removal of children from their families. Most of the BTH counsellor positions were situated within Aboriginal community-controlled health services and most counsellors possessed both formal mental health qualifications and cultural sensitivity skills.

The BTH program was one component of a number of Australian Government initiatives addressing issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with the other main components including: the Mental health program; the Link-up program; and the Social and emotional wellbeing regional centres (SEWB RCs).

The BTH program was included in an independent evaluation undertaken by Urbis Keys Young for the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and the report was publicly released in 2007. In 2011, the Australian Government announced the Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) program, which consolidated the BTH and Link up programs, and the SEWB RCs under a single cohesive program.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

Contacts

Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555
Freecall: 1800 020 103
Email: oatsih.enquiries@health.gov.au

Related publications

Bringing Them Home Oral History Project (2010)

Bringing Them Home oral history interviews.

: National Library of Australia

The project arises from the Commonwealth Government response to the recommendations of Bringing them home: The report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, which reported to the Federal Parliament in 1998. The aim of the project was to record the diverse experiences of people directly affected by the separation of Indigenous children and shed light on the legislative and policy mechanism which shaped the policies of forced removal.

There are 340 interviews in the collection, conducted primarily with families and children with direct experience of forced removal, as well as with those who worked with the children in institutions, who cared for them and were involved with policy, administration and implementation.

Access conditions to the 736 tapes vary. Summaries and transcripts are generally available

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (1997)

Bringing them home: report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.

Retrieved 17 November 2011 from http://www.humanrights.gov.au/pdf/social_justice/bringing_them_home_report.pdf

Counsellors program manual: Bringing Them Home and Link Up services (2008)

Department of Health and Ageing

This handbook is a guide for all Bringing Them Home (BTH) and Link Up counsellors and their managers. It describes the requirements for providing these counselling services which helps to ensure that all BTH and Link Up counselling services across Australia meet the same standard.

The handbook includes the following information:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Commonwealth Government (1997)

Government response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report 'Bringing them home'.

Canberra: Commonwealth Government

Legal and Constitutional References Committee (2000)

Healing: a legacy of generations: the report of the inquiry into the Federal Government's implementation of recommendations made by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Bringing Them Home.

Canberra: Senate, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2007)

Us taken-away kids: commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Bringing them home report.

Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the publication Bringing them home report, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission invited Indigenous people across Australia to talk about their experiences of removal, their thoughts ten years on from the Bringing them home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families Inquiry, and their hopes for the future. This report compiles the results of this invitation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Ministerial Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2003)

Evaluation of responses to Bringing Them Home Report: final report.

Hobart: Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Wilczynski A, Reed-Gilbert K, Milward K, Tayler B, Fear J, Schwartzkoff J (2007)

Evaluation of the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs, final report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

In 2006, the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health commissioned Urbis Keys Young to evaluate the Bringing Them Home and Indigenous Mental Health Programs. Four programs were covered in the evaluation: the Link-Up Program; the Binging Them Home Program; the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Regional Centre Program; and the Mental Health Program.
The evaluation consisted of a consultation with service providers, associated organisations and clients of the services. The evaluation was advised by a Reference Group with membership from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Service activity reporting Bringing Them Home counsellors: 2005–06 and 2006–07.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Service activity reporting: Bringing Them Home and Link Up counsellors 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This report presents the findings from the service level data collected from Bringing Them Home (BTH) services and Link Up Counsellors. The information collected includes: the number of clients; episodes of care provided; service resources; staffing profiles; and the range of activities undertaken by the services. In 2007-08, 76 services had BTH and Link Up funded counsellor positions. The counsellors saw 9,190 clients during this year, with a total of 38,700 client contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2006)

Service activity reporting: Bringing Them Home counsellors: 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Government

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Last updated: 2 October 2013
 
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