Watering the Garden of Family Wellbeing: Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to bloom and growL. Monson-Wilbraham 2015
Recommendations and outcomes from the national roundtable Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Family Wellbeing program, Adelaide, March 2014.
Family Wellbeing (FWB) is an effective social and emotional wellbeing program originally developed and delivered by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The central objective of FWB is to develop people’s skills and capacity to move from a position of disempowerment to empowerment; to empower people with a way to control and change their lives.
In March 2014, the Lowitja Institute convened a national roundtable in Adelaide to consider the impact of FWB and opportunities for future development. Roundtable participants from across community, training and delivery, research and policy sectors, shared their experiences of FWB and focused on finding strategies to support the delivery, research and uptake of the FWB program.
Roundtable discussions underlined how the program’s empowerment model builds the evidence base that social and emotional wellbeing programs effectively improve people’s lives and provide a promising and practical way to help bridge the gap between Australia’s First Peoples and the non-Indigenous population.