Friday, August 29, 2008

Indigenous Communities: A Healing Approach?

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association has called for a "healing approach" to replace what it sees as the deeply flawed Northern Territory Intervention.

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) says the federal intervention has had a negative effect on the health and emotional wellbeing of people in the targeted communities.
Shame, humilation, anger the legacy of intervention: doctors (ABC News 29 August 2008)
AIDA describes itself as "a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the pursuit of leadership, partnership & scholarship in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education and workforce. There are currently an estimated 125 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and 125 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students in Australia."

Their Submission to the Northern Territory Emergency Response Review Board can be downloaded from their website. It is well worth reading. Online comments on the ABC article show that the dismal ignorance on these issues continues unabated, with blame the victim alive and well.

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