It is always important as a professional dealing with Indigenous cultures to be aware of the culture of community with which one is engaging. Cultural awareness shows respect for the culture with whom one is working, which can aid people working with these communities to build better relationships and be more effective in their work.
The resources on this web page can help to guide professionals working with Indigenous communities to be more culturally aware, and provide guidelines for providing child and adolescent trauma, loss and grief services with the culture of the community in mind.
The MindMatters DVD was designed as a professional development tool and looks at family and community involvement to improve health and wellbeing.
Cultural considerations and techniques - Guidelines for providing mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (pdf , 199.7 KB)
Mental Health First Aid
This resource discusses cultural considerations relevant to mental health care.
National Child Protection Clearinghouse (AIFS)
This article discusses the cultural considerations that must be taken into account when placing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care.
Article from medicinenet.com discusses cultural considerations when working with grief and loss issues.
Child Family Community Australia
This resource provides a brief overview of some of the cultural values and views of Aboriginal families and discuss how it is a protective force for Aborginal children.