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Welcome to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing portal, an online hub for people working in healing, health, justice, education, employment, child protection and family violence.

The Healing portal is designed to encourage information sharing and collaboration across sectors and locations. It brings together information about what is working in Indigenous healing and includes examples of best practice healing initiatives, the latest research from around Australia and tools people can use to develop healing opportunities in their communities.

Service provision including crisis support is beyond the scope of this resource. Information about crisis support services can be found here.

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Marumali Healing Program

This nationally accredited program aims to increase the quality of support available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by trauma as a result of the Stolen Generations.

It enables Indigenous people affected by past removal policies to identify and understand their trauma, the stages of healing from trauma and the types of support they may need on their 'healing journey'. Tailored programs are delivered to men and women in correctional facilities and young people including those in out of home care and youth at risk.

The program also aims to improve service delivery by providing training to Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers on how to best support people affected by the Stolen Generations policies, including intergenerational trauma.

Established in 2000, Marumali is derived from Aunty Lorraine Peeters’ experience of past removal practices and trauma recovery which has resonated with Indigenous people and communities around Australia.

It is delivered in a culturally safe and appropriate manner by Aunty Lorraine and her daughter Shaan Hamann, who use their personal experiences of trauma to build supportive relationships with participants as they work through the program’s emotionally difficult content.

The program only goes where it has been invited by the local community, and works closely with a local person to build relationships and research the local history and community in order to tailor the program as much as possible.

While the program varies for each workshop and community, it includes the following topics: recognising triggers, accepting grief and loss, talking about the issue, facing demons, returning home, reclaiming the future and reflecting on identity and strength. It is delivered using short presentations, case studies and, individual and group discussions.

It focuses on improving people's ability to cope by helping them move from experiencing a triggering event, to understanding it and moving forward with their lives based on a renewed sense of identity.

An independent evaluation of the program completed in 2014 found it builds individual, family and community capacity and is based on trauma informed practice.

The evaluation found participants were satisfied with the program's content, had increased their awareness of past removal practices and intergenerational trauma, had an increased understanding of their clients’ needs and were able to utilise learnings in their workplaces.

Anecdotal evidence also confirmed the program had promoted participants' personal development and self-awareness and increased their sense of cultural identity.

To read more about this program click here.

Aunty Lorraine Peeters and Shaan Hamann with participants and staff from Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place

 
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Healing Artwork - Pathways

Pathways to Healing

About the Artist:

The Healing portal artwork is titled Pathways to Healing created by Jenna Lee, a Larrakia artist working with Gilimbaa Indigenous Creative Agency.

The Story:

People journey from across country, pathways are carved into the earth, starting from different places, all heading towards healing. Some journeys don't make it all the way and some take longer but all have begun and the Healing Foundation is here to support people and communities at every stage of their journey.
The cultural etchings represent diversity of culture with the different colours representing diversity of landscape: desert to coastal, saltwater, freshwater, rainforest to bush, island to mainland and everywhere in between. In the centre the core healing symbol represents the individual or community who is whole and healthy at the end of their pathway to healing.

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About the Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on community-led healing solutions. We build culturally strong, community designed and delivered pathways to healing.

    Together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we:
  • work with members of the Stolen Generations to create their own healing responses
  • support children and young people and their families to improve their social and emotional wellbeing
  • build the leadership and the capacity of communities and workers to respond to trauma through education and training
  • develop the evidence base for best practice Indigenous healing
  • share our knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing with communities, government and non-government organisations across the country.
 
Last updated: 24 August 2016
 
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