Coming Up Mon 1:00 PM  AEDT
Coming Up Live in 
Live
NITV Radio radio

Report shows self-determined First Peoples are In Good Hands

Ngalla Maya employment services in WA is proof that community-based services are best placed to respond to the complex needs of First Peoples.

According to a new Oxfarm report, government policies that empower local Aboriginal communities and build on traditional knowledge and culture to deliver services generally produce better results and should become the policy norm in Australia.

The report, In Good Hands, shows how programs that embrace the principle of self-determination have been rolled out extensively in the United States and other countries with similar historical settings, with better outcomes for Indigenous people than those achieved in Australia.

The report also demonstrates that successive Australian governments have taken a top-down approach and ignored advice from their own experts on how to effectively tackle the systemic disadvantage and poverty that afflicts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The Oxfam report highlights numerous case studies that demonstrate why community-based services are best placed to respond to the complex needs of First Peoples.

Paul Cleary, Oxfam Australia's Indigenous policy and advocacy lead said that one of the motivations behind this report is Oxfarm’s realisation that thousands of Aboriginal services are doing good work that goes unnoticed or are not rewarded.

“Unfortunately, this (the good work) is happening under the radar. The public often hears about things when they go wrong, they don’t hear about the good work that is being done,” Paul Cleary said in our conversation.

The unique network of more than 140 Aboriginal medical services is a prime example of how trusted organisations that are grounded in community and culture deliver results that improve health outcomes - and at the same time can reduce the demand on the hospital system

The report highlights that despite these results, many Aboriginal organisations are forced to navigate a never-ending treadmill of grant applications and changing funding streams to keep their lights on and staff paid.

 

 

Coming up next

# TITLE RELEASED TIME MORE
Report shows self-determined First Peoples are In Good Hands 14/10/2019 06:41 ...
NITV Radio News 06/12/2019 06/12/2019 13:15 ...
New Stolen Generations resources to guide GPs, dentists, aged care workers 06/12/2019 04:14 ...
Weekend sport preview 06/12/2019 04:44 ...
Survey reveals one in four Australians experience discrimination 02/12/2019 04:42 ...
Climate-fueled disasters the top driver of human displacement in the last decade 02/12/2019 04:30 ...
NITV Radio news 02/12/2019 02/12/2019 09:00 ...
Mark Saddler sees tourism as ideal vehicle to explore Wiradjuri country, culture and language 01/12/2019 09:35 ...
Tell me law - 3 01/12/2019 13:52 ...
'Your time with B' 30/11/2019 07:07 ...
View More