Q&A: Week 18

Welcome to our week 18 Q&A videos!

This week we tackle the tough question of why housing is often trashed by people in Aboriginal communities. And how, rather than repairing them and reusing the resources effectively throughout the community in a demonstration of valuing materials, houses are knocked down and rebuilt quickly without any input, let alone employment of the local people. Houses that are dirty and uncared for cause widespread diseases such as scabies and strep A, which could be solved by teaching germ theory which is vital for understanding about bacteria. We also look at how domestic violence has risen considerably in Aboriginal communities since the 1970s, due to many different reasons, including alcohol and the instigation of social security programs that take away people’s ability to be the hero and primary support in their own families. And finally we look at how to work effectively in the ‘grey zone’ – by implementing cross cultural communication, learning language, kinship systems and other things. The more you can learn, the more useful you will be working in Aboriginal communities. The less you learn, the less useful you will be and you will cost the government a fortune when you leave early; hurting the community because they get sick and tired of all the new people coming and going.

Q52. Why do Aboriginal people in remote communities tend to wreck their houses and live in such dirty conditions?


Q53. What are some of the factors causing domestic violence?



Q54. How can mainstream staff work effectively in Aboriginal communities, rather than making things worse? Also read our accompanying article in response to the ABCs story on attendance rates of Indigenous kids here.


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