The Aboriginal Healing Centre project is an initiative supported by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The project involves community consultation, implementation of pilot programs, and generation of an evidence base stemming from these activities, to support a proposal for the creation of a healing centre that meets the needs of the community.
A key aspect of the project is to draw on local Darwin Aboriginal people for feedback on what healing means, what key issues affect the community and how people would like these issues to be addressed. In this way, community members are the consultants that ultimately guide the project, in conjunction with feedback from the project’s Larrakia Reference Group.
The pilot programs provide an opportunity for involvement in activities that connect people to culture in order to facilitate healing in a way that is meaningful for participants. The workshops seek to emulate activities that would be undertaken in a Healing Centre, thereby providing a supportive environment for cultural facilitators to share their knowledge. The feedback from the workshop participants and facilitators, along with that from the community will then be combined to provide a foundation for the potential development of an Aboriginal Healing Centre.