This research project adopts a Cooperative Inquiry Research Process in order to:
- Gather both Indigenous local knowledge and mainstream practice knowledge about working effectively with vulnerable and at-risk Indigenous families.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities, current strengths, and training and support needs of Aboriginal child and family service workers in Victoria. And
- To feed this knowledge back into the Aboriginal family therapy training and the Aboriginal communities, and so further develop the training.
The research project funded by DHS, involves
- Indigenous and mainstream workers and organisations, and
- Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.
The Co-operative Inquiry Research Group (CIG) supports the research element of this project, and brings together researchers from
- La Trobe University’s Bouverie Centre and the Schools of Public Health & Social Work
- Take Two, Berry Street, and
- Onemda, VicHealth Koori Health Research Unit, Melbourne University.
The project learnings will be reviewed by communities, the Project Advisory Group and CIG, and the family therapy trainers on an ongoing basis, over the three year life of the project. We anticipate that the research findings will translate directly into practice within the community context.
A poster about the research is available here.