Department of Health

Community participation and Aboriginal self-determination

  • 21 December 2017
  • Duration: 2:15
  • [Opening title card: Victoria State Government]

    [Second title card: 'Aboriginal self-determination seminars 2016'] ]

    [Third title card : 'Community leadership - A key to Aboriginal self-determination]

    [Onscreen, animation entitled: 'Larissa Behrendt - Professor of Indigenous Research at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of technology, Sydney]

    Female narrator LARISSA BEHRENDT: From a practical research based point of view, self-determination is actually a very effective policy mechanism in terms of getting better outcomes. Often what we find is that involvement with Indigenous people into setting priorities, identifying key areas of concern and looking at what should be the focus of policy in their areas is increased because they will have a better sense of what the dynamics are and the issues are within their own communities; especially at the local and regional level.

    The second thing of course is that the development of policy in collaboration with and been driven by Indigenous people allows for more of a buy-in. The ability for it to be culturally appropriate to be done in a way that the community will respond to is heightened by that involvement.

    The other thing about it that is important of course is that if you involve the community that way you are able to develop policies and design service delivery and implement programs that are actually building the capability of the community. Obviously by involving the community in what you are doing you are building up that community capacity and building social capital. So that also then has flow on affects more broadly outside the development of that policy or implementation of those programs. You active their networks in an informal way but an effective way. Particularly say we see this with health a lot where you will be able to capture the people that would fall through the cracks of the mainstream services but people in the community know who's not coming in; they'll know which family's aren't coming in or which children are falling through the cracks so that kind of local knowledge and being able to engage that is another factor that leads to its effectiveness.

    [Instrumental music fades in over the closing titles]

    [Closing title card: 'Aboriginal self-determination seminars 2016']

    [Second closing title card: Victoria State Government]

    [Third closing title card: Authorised by the Department of Health & Huma Services. 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne]

In this video, Professor Larissa Behrendt discusses the practical application of Aboriginal self-determination by highlighting the need to involve Aboriginal communities in the development and implementation of policies and programs aimed at improving Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety outcomes.

Reviewed 21 December 2017


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