Australia’s first people are the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Often, due to the cultural divide, and sometimes to the ability of services to reach remote people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are not able to make good use of community service offerings.
To provide appropriate services it is necessary for organisations and their staff to be aware of:
- the historical issues and conditions that have shaped relationships with mainstream Australia
- the current social, political and economic issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- the way in which Western or mainstream systems and structures can be perceived by and can impact on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their engagement with services
Conduct independent research and provide a brief explanation of historical issues, current issues and the way in which many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engage with community services.