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Culture is the way forward for keeping kids out of care

  • 23 September 2015

    The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care could be reduced by heeding Indigenous knowledges, an international conference in Darwin was told on September 15 in Darwin.

    In his address to the Third International Indigenous social work conference, Healing Foundation Chair Professor Steve Larkin, said, that more needs to be done to reconnect Indigenous Australians with cultural ways of healing trauma and loss.

    'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed extraordinary social and community skills over thousands of years of living harmoniously in this land,' Professor Larkin said.

    'Reconnecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with our core cultural value systems, as the Healing Foundation is doing around the country, enables us to tap into this knowledge to find solutions to problems and create change. Our programs are testament to the fact that when our knowledge is harnessed, trusted and enabled, sustainable change can be created within short time periods,' Professor Larkin said.

    To read the full media release from the Healing Foundation click here.