Community development in Indigenous Australia: a point of view

Tsey, Komla (2001) Community development in Indigenous Australia: a point of view. QCOSS Bulletin, May 2001. p. 11.

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[Extract] Australian governments and other funding bodies are becoming more aware of the importance of cummunity development as potentially a powerful strategy to allow people to assume greater control over the circumstances of their lives. They are, belatedly, resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to specifically undertake 'community development'. This is laudable and by all means must be encouraged. There are, however, in my view, serious pitfalls associated with current approach, not least because of the assuption that one off funding to employ a worker for 6 months to 2 years is all that it takes to undertake successful community development. I shall use a story from my community development experience to ilustrate the point.

Item ID: 30325
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1324-9738
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 04:42
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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