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Healing

Aboriginal wellbeing has social, economic, emotional, cultural and spiritual dimensions and healing needs to occur at the individual, family and community level. Healing is a process that takes time and cannot be achieved through a one-off event or program. Many previous government programs and policies contributed significantly to the trauma, loss and pain felt by many Aboriginal people.

OCHRE includes a commitment from the NSW Government to work with Aboriginal communities, policy practitioners and service providers to advance the dialogue in NSW about trauma and healing and to begin developing responses informed by evidence of good practice and the real-life experiences of Aboriginal people.

On 23 July Aboriginal Affairs hosted the OCHRE Healing Forum – Mapu Yaan Gurri, Mapu Marrunggirr – Healing Our Way, at University of NSW. More than 200 delegates, representing 68 organisations, participated in the forum to advance the dialogue in NSW about trauma and healing and to develop an appropriate role for government in healing.

Forum partners, the national Healing Foundation, CEO Richard Weston recognised that this event represents the first step towards some concrete action on healing, in government policy and program delivery “This is the first state in Australia that has included or incorporated healing into a major Aboriginal affairs policy document”.

The Mapu Yaan Gurri Mapu Marrunggirr – Healing Our Way Forum Report was released on 5 March 2015. The Report covers the issues and discussion outcomes raised at the Forum.

For further information on Mapu Yaan Gurri Mapu Marrunggirr – Healing Our Way please refer to:

Mapu Yaan Gurri Mapu Marrunggirr – Healing Our Way Forum Report

Ministerial Statement in response the Healing Forum Report

NSW Government Summary

Or visit: www.healingourway.com.au.

Photo: From Left, Richard Weston (CEO Healing Foundation), Aunty Lorraine Peeters (Cootamundra Girls & founder – Winangali Marurmali program), Minister, Uncle Allen Madden (Gadigal Elder – Welcome to Country), Kristy Masella, Mick Gooda (Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission) at the Healing Forum held at the University of NSW, Sydney on 23 July 2014.