Indigenous Australians and the Human Services

Your Reflective Journal covers the content from Weeks 1 – 4, exploring issues around the concepts of culture and cultural competence, the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the human services, and your reflections in relation to upcoming learning about Indigenous and Australian history throughout the course and your lifetime.

A proforma for the Reflective Journal will be available through Learnonline. There are a series of questions designed to consider the course content, and to reflect upon feelings and understanding of the materials and concepts.

Some of the questions are generally ‘open-ended’, for which there is no right or wrong answer however there are also content questions from required readings and workshop content to demonstrate you have understood it. There are also some more general statements asking for analysis and interpretation.

We will be expecting you to demonstrate that you have read and understood the material presented and that your writing and responses indicate reflective thinking with regard to the course content and consideration of your learning. That is, we want you to demonstrate that you have engaged in the material in a scholarly and critical manner.
Q1, 3 areas of competence

  1. Knowledge of cultural groups is vital for cultural competence when working with indigenous people. It would be of great importance to have substantial knowledge on the cultural diversities of the cultural groups in order to identify the best approach in handling those groups.  Knowledge also assists the practitioners to about the power dynamics of the Indigenous people (Weaver, 1999, p. 218).
  2. Professional’s own values as well as beliefs are an area of key competence while working with the indigenous people. Culturally competent professionals must uphold personal value diversity where they are able to accommodate cultural values of the indigenous people in order to maximize the ability to work with them (Weaver, 1999, p. 218).
  3. Competent practitioners must also have diverse social work skills to be able to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. To be culturally competent, practitioners need to have adequate social skill in order to meet the different needs of their diverse clients (Weaver, 1999, p. 218).

Q1, 3 of 12 responsibilities

Social workers are required to know, avoid and confront any form of racism as well as any other form of subjugation that may be experienced among culturally diverse social groupings. This hence requires social workers to adopt operational practices that are anti-oppression and anti-racist (AASW, 2010, p. 17). The importance of this is to promote ….”

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