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.
30 min paper