Walk with Me, Talk with Me: OPA releases Aboriginal practice guide
The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, said the guide might find a broader audience and others were welcome to use to help improve their services to Aboriginals in Victoria or elsewhere.
Walk with Me, Talk with Me was developed to provide staff with Aboriginal history information and how best to work in collaboration and partnership with Aboriginal communities in Victoria, and help staff become more culturally aware and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people and communities.
Tangible result of Koori Inclusion Action Plan
Dr Pearce said: "OPA has long been concerned about how to best support members of the Victorian Koori community who have a disability and may come under guardianship or need its other services."
"The development of OPA's Koori Inclusion Action Plan 2017- 2019 provided us with an opportunity to commit to actions to address gaps in service provision and data to better understand and improve it."
The guide was developed with the input of Deaf Indigenous Community Consultancy founder, Jody Barne and drafted by Aboriginal consultant Tracey Evans.
Both the Aboriginal Community Elders Service and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission received a copy of the draft for comment.
An OPA representative at Balit Narrum providing a Koori perspective to the disability sector provided the group with progressive advice.
Some of the information in the guide is drawn from Working with Aboriginal People and Communities – A Practice Resource, published by the NSW Department of Community Services in 2009.