Q&A: Week 15

Welcome to our week 15 Q&A videos!

This week we discuss the Yolngu concept of people with disabilities or mental health issues. There is a confusion that has come from lack of information in the people’s own language around these issues and unwise programs are rolled out without too much thinking about the catastrophic effects they can have on Aboriginal communities.  We also talk about what it means when a Balanda (white, mainstream) person is ‘adopted’ into an Aboriginal clan. That it is a good thing to be ‘adopted’ in most cases, otherwise you are ‘nothing’ or ‘nobody’ to people and they will find it hard to communicate on an equal level. And finally, we look at two strategies for preventing ‘burnout’ when working in Aboriginal communities: 1. Making sure to understand culture shock and 2. The importance of learning language.

Q43. What is the Yolngu concept of people with disabilities or mental health issues?

 

Q44. What does it mean when a white person is ‘adopted’ into an Aboriginal clan? Should the person accept?

 

 

Q45. What are some strategies for preventing ‘burnout’ that occurs commonly for mainstream people working in Aboriginal communities?

 

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