Recognition of knowledge: Indigenous Australian social-health informing tertiary academic theory

Muller, Lorraine (2006) Recognition of knowledge: Indigenous Australian social-health informing tertiary academic theory. In: Papers from CROCCS 4th International Conference: 'Working Together for Families, pp. 1-6. From: CROCCS 4th International Conference: 'Working Together for Families, 4-6 August 2006, Mackay, Qld.

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This paper gives an insight into my current research and highlights its relevance to helping professionals’ practice – informing from the top down. Recent media reports demonstrate that Indigenous families and children continue to be amongst the most vulnerable people in Australia. Social, emotional and physical health statistics of Indigenous families and children remain stubbornly static. Services and policies focus and operate at a delivery level, informed by academic theories that are sited in a Western framework: Indigenous knowledge is not adequately represented, except as the ‘client’ or the ‘other’. This research takes a top down approach and intends to make Indigenous knowledge accessible and meaningful for Indigenous students and their colleagues. It is aimed at developing Indigenous Australian Social-Health Theory into a tertiary academic format, by collecting and collating the theory of Indigenous helping praxis. Aboriginal Grounded Research, research that is grounded in Aboriginal culture (King, 2006), is the methodology used in this research.

Item ID: 4386
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Indigenous Australian; theory; indigenous social-health theory; aboriginal grounded research; indigenous social work
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Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 04:01
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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