We are happy to announce our continued support for the Brutha’s Day Out program in 2020 and beyond in partnership with Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place. Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has supported the Brutha’s Day Out program over many years as it has grown and adapted to meet the needs of Aboriginal community. Brutha’s Day Out is a community driven initiative to create a culturally strong space for Aboriginal men to engage with existing supports and develop new strategies for maintaining healthy relationships with family, community and connection to Country.
Culminating in an annual multi day gathering on Country, participants engage in strengthening both individual and whole of community social and emotional wellbeing. Activities include smoking ceremonies, yarning circles, painting and tool making, interaction with Aboriginal keynote presenters and the support of existing services and Community Controlled Organisations.
RAV has engaged with the Strengthening Cultural Safety project, a state-wide initiative which enables mainstream organisations delivering family violence services to work alongside Aboriginal Cultural Safety Officers. We have and continue to undertake cultural safety assessments in the areas of operation, governance, workforce and relationships with community. The project is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Family Safety Victoria (FSV), and the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS).
This project enables RAV to work with the Strengthening Cultural Safety Assessment Tool which aligns with the DHHS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Framework for the Victorian Health, human and community services sector and the Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families 10 Year Agreement.
April 2017 - December 2019
We successfully delivered the Bagung ba Wadamba Aboriginal cultural program, in conjunction with the Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service, Wayapa® Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation, Aboriginal Centre for Males and specialist program facilitators.
Bagung ba Wadamba, which means “gather and heal” in Woiwurrung language, supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are currently engaged with Corrections Victoria.
The program’s model connects Aboriginal people in the justice system in cultural programs and the use of protective or healing factors as a key stepping-stone into other rehabilitation programs. Community Elders are invited and engaged with to hold their respected roles as keepers of knowledge, positive role models and sources of connection to the community.
"When an organisation like RAV partners with an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation such as Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) you can work side by side in effective partnerships where the Aboriginal perspectives are heard and the community gains the benefits. Both services bring different kinds of expertise that allows us to work toward a common goal. Being able to talk with RAV about how the programs are developed and have our service take the lead in program delivery has worked well." Marissa, Intensive Case Manager BWAHS
RAV sponsored Deadly Kitchen Elders Gatherings, an initiative implemented by IPC Health to connect elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are isolated, to promote conversations about culture, and offer health and wellbeing information through guest speaker presentations. We also supported a weekend trip to Warrnambool for Elders in the Deadly Kitchen program, to provide cultural experiences and the opportunity to engage with others.
Our relationships with Aboriginal community controlled organisations and community groups remained strong, in particular through our connection to Local Aboriginal Networks in south-east, western and northern metropolitan areas of Melbourne. Through this engagement, RAV has been able to establish ongoing relationships to clients, the community and professional networks.
Our Community Liaison Officers participated in and hosted information booths at Sisters Day Out events in Northcote, Werribee, Ballarat, Geelong, Deer Park, Moe and Lakes Entrance. Run by Djirra the Sisters Day Out events provide a culturally safe space for Korri women to connect to community services and supports, strengthen identity and enhance their social and emotional wellbeing.
Across the organisation, RAV staff participated in a wide range of activities to mark important dates and events relevant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including National Reconciliation Week, which celebrates culture, our past and our future; NAIDOC Week and The Long Lunch 15th Anniversary celebrations.