Empowerment as a framework for Indigenous workforce development and organisational change
Whiteside, Mary, Tsey, Komla, McCalman, Jayna, Cadet James, Yvonne, & Wilson, Andrew (2006) Empowerment as a framework for Indigenous workforce development and organisational change. Australian Social Work, 59(4), pp. 422-434.
Relative powerlessness resulting from colonial dispossession and associated passive welfare policies has long been recognised as a critical factor influencing the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, yet it is hard to find well-evaluated health and social interventions that take an explicit empowerment approach. This paper presents the findings of a Family Wellbeing Empowerment programme pilot delivered to Cairns Region Department of Families Indigenous youth workers and family and community workers in 2003/2004. The aim of the pilot was to build the capacity of these workers to address personal and professional issues as a basis for providing better support for their clients. The pilot demonstrated the effectiveness of the programme as a tool for worker empowerment and, to a lesser degree, organisational change.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Empowerment, Indigenous Child Protection, Indigenous Workforce Development, Indigenous Youth Justice|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)|
|Deposited On:||24 Aug 2011 22:17|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 14:19|
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