Authors: Lorraine Peeters, Shaan Gerrard and Kerrie Kelly, NSW
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Mental Health Reforms, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ISSUES, the stolen generation, removal policies, aboriginal counsellors
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The removal of more than 25,000 Indigenous children from their families, has had devastating consequences (Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission, 1997). Lorraine Peeters, an Aboriginal woman removed & institutionalised at age four, has developed a model of healing for survivors of removal policies. Based on her own journey of healing, and with the aim of improving the quality of support provided to stolen generation survivors, the Marumali program has been delivered around the country for seven years. Aunty Lorraine had delivered 100 workshops to train more than 1,000 Aboriginal counsellors to assist those affected by removal policies. This presentation reports on the program’s progress and in relation to achieving ‘best practice’, asks the question, ‘are we there yet?’.