Success Stories: Environmental, Social, Emotional and Spiritual Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Report of the Indigenous Health WorkshopR. Erben, J. Judd, J. Ritchie & L. Rowling (eds) 2009
In July 2008 in Brisbane, Australia, an Indigenous Health Workshop was conducted in conjunction with the Population Health Congress. A collaboration of four partner organisations— Australian Health Promotion Association, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council—the workshop aimed to consolidate recent success stories and innovations undertaken in Indigenous health by identifying critical success factors to inform future health service delivery and policy.
This report contains detailed case studies and brief reports that were presented, discussed and documented at the workshop. Additionally, the carefully planned workshop process is documented as an example of successful quality health promotion practice. Respecting individuals and communities for the assets they bring to improve health was an underpinning principle of the workshop. Key processes identified included: capacity building through personal relationships that facilitate dialogue about cultural protocols; community experiences and expectations (including formal introductions and endorsement between partners, Elders and community members); collaborative ongoing support for activities between partners and project staff; authentic engagement; and a focus on strategies to maximise sustainability for creating and embedding new practice in settings.