Empowerment as a framework for Indigenous workforce development and organisational change
Whiteside, Mary, Tsey, Komla, McCalman, Janya, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Wilson, Andrew (2006) Empowerment as a framework for Indigenous workforce development and organisational change. Australian Social Work, 59 (4). pp. 422-434.
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Relative powerlessness resulting from colonial dispossession and associated passive welfare policies has long been recognised as a critical factor influencing the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, yet it is hard to find well-evaluated health and social interventions that take an explicit empowerment approach. This paper presents the findings of a Family Wellbeing Empowerment programme pilot delivered to Cairns Region Department of Families Indigenous youth workers and family and community workers in 2003/2004. The aim of the pilot was to build the capacity of these workers to address personal and professional issues as a basis for providing better support for their clients. The pilot demonstrated the effectiveness of the programme as a tool for worker empowerment and, to a lesser degree, organisational change.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||empowerment; Indigenous child protection; Indigenous workforce development; Indigenous youth justice|
|Date Deposited:||23 Nov 2009 22:57|
|FoR Codes:||13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 35%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare @ 35%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 30%