The Hon Warren Snowdon MP Minister for Indigenous Health Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
The Australian Government today released a new approach to harness the efforts of Government and non-government organisations to support members of the Stolen Generations and help heal grief and trauma caused by past practices of forcible removal.
The Stolen Generations Working Partnership paper outlines priority areas to address the immediate and practical needs of members of the Stolen Generations.
Given the many reforms and investments underway across the Australian Government, it is important that their specific needs are recognised in national policy and program development.
The release of the Working Partnership paper marks National Sorry Day, held on 26 May each year - the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing them home report in Parliament.
Some of the priority issues identified include:
The priorities outlined in the paper have been identified in consultation with two national Stolen Generation bodies, the National Sorry Day Committee and Stolen Generations Alliance.
Since the National Apology, the Government has increased funding for Link Up family reunion services for Stolen Generations' members and Bringing Them Home counsellors - a funding increase of 50 per cent between 2007-08 and 2009-10.
This year alone funding for these initiatives will increase by $8.9 million, providing:
This is in addition to more than 120 counsellors already available nationally, and 11 Link Up services across Australia to trace, locate and reunite people with their families.
We are offering this Working Partnership to Stolen Generations, recognising that support is needed to deal with the daily experience of various types of trauma, loss and grief, and to help stop the cycle of trauma from continuing into the future.
Stolen Generations want greater participation in decision-making about the delivery of services, and support for the development of their own solutions.
Announced earlier this year, the Australian Government will deliver leadership development opportunities for members of the Stolen Generations, including:
We are also providing $26 million for a new and independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, which will have a strong focus on the healing and aspirations of the Stolen Generations.
A copy of the Stolen Generations Working Partnership will be available shortly at the Indigenous website
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