Book of Proceedings: SYMPOSIUM: Recovery And Reconnection In Remote Communities

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Authors: Xenia Girdler, VIC and Geoffrey Lohmeyer, NT

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Northern territory, COMORBIDITY, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, RURAL, recommended reading

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: In August, 2012, RMIT and Sunrise Health Service, co-presented a symposium, exploring how it is RMIT, a university predominately situated in Melbourne, Australia, has come to join forces with a Northern Territory-based Aboriginal Health Corporation and now travels up to Katherine – in the NT - once a month to deliver the Diploma of Community Services – AOD and mental health – to a variety of workers across the greater Katherine Region. This symposium examined how we designed the course to ensure it resonated with workers and learners undertaking it and how, with a contextualised curriculum, we have been able to draw parallels between Recovery – as we understand it in the non-clinical mental health sector in Australia - and Aboriginal connection to country and law. How this connection to country sits along side recovery and how workers within the Aboriginal Health Network have made sense of that and applied it to their work – with the ultimate aim of course being to improve their ability to provide quality service to a very complex client group. Complex for a variety of reasons - which we explored during our symposium and will outline in this paper now.

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