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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 45203
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Empowerment, Indigenous Child Protection, Indigenous Workforce Development, Indigenous Youth Justice
DOI: 10.1080/03124070600985996
ISSN: 0312-407X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2011 08:17
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:19

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