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Utilising appropriate methodology and social work practices: consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males

Posted on: 5 October, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 4, October 2015 – December 2015
Related to Cultural ways Policies Men Research Social issues

Adams M (2015)
Utilising appropriate methodology and social work practices: consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males
In: Fejo-King C, Poona J, eds. Emerging from the margins: First Australians’ perspectives of social work. Canberra: Magpie Goose: 87-116

Social work theories and practices are based on the principles of Western non-Indigenous theories and ideas. The Australian Association of Social Workers’ recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Indigenous people of Australia. They acknowledge the historical disadvantage suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the implications of this for social work practice.

To understand the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males one has to accept and understand that the historical, cultural, physiological, psychosocial, economic, environmental and political context faced by males. The methodology needs to incorporate the specific cultural understandings and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. In-depth consultation and negotiation with the target communities ensured that their needs are understood.

Abstract adapted from author

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