National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Trevor Woodhead

The Trouble with one Nation.........

Over the last 30 years in the Northern Territory we have seen the enormous growth of agencies engaged in the delivery of services to Aboriginal people. Unfortunately we see little benefit for the people at whom these services are directed. While service providers search for the reasons behind their failure to deliver positive outcomes, few look inward. Most are too busy transferring the blame outward. Service providers must recognise that the pathway to success does not lie in forcing Aboriginal people into culturally bound Western frameworks. Aboriginal people already have their own cultural frameworks. Cross Cultural training is a powerful tool for developing insights into the invisible and unconscious cultural patterns that determine service delivery frameworks. It provides an opportunity to develop strategies that create partnerships of equality between the cultures. The time has come for service providers to cease being part of the problem and became part of the solution.

Trevor Woodhead's mother is from the Torres Strait. He was raised in Mataranka and Darwin in the Northern Territory. He has worked extensively in the area of Indigenous Sexual Health and Indigenous Employment. He now delivers Cross Cultural Training as part of a culturally diverse team. He is married with two children.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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