Thursday, May 29, 2014

New title by JCU Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

 A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work: Connecting Indigenous knowledge with practice is a new publication from JCU Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Dr. Lorraine Muller which will be of interest to a range of subject areas.

Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language...Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social and emotional well being is essential for practitioners working with Indigenous clients across the human services. She explores core principles of traditional Indigenous knowledge in Australia, including relatedness, Country, circular learning, stories, and spirituality. She then shows how these principles represent a theory for Indigenous practice.
 
During Reconciliation week you may be seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives including academic literature by Australian Indigenous academics to read and this title is one that may suit.

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