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About Making Two Worlds Work

Aboriginal People:
a north east Victorian perspective

This section provides information on the Aboriginal peoples of north east Victoria.

Communicating Effectively
This section provides information that will assist in informed and respectful communication with Aboriginal peoples.

Historical Information &
Key Dates

This section provides information about important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander historical and current events.

Aboriginal Health Promotion
This section provides information about Aboriginal health promotion.

Protocols & Procdures
This section provides information about protocols and procedures related to Aboriginal services, organisations and communities.

Producing Appropriate Information
This section provides information about how to ensure materials used are respectful and appropriately acknowledged.

About MTWW

This project is an initiative of Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Women's Health Goulburn North East - organisations based in northeast Victoria. It is supported by the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership and Wodonga Regional Health Service.

How it came about

The original idea for the project came from non-Aboriginal workers attending cultural training at Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation during 2005. They expressed a desire to have

The way we work

We used art as a way to involve our Aboriginal community and acknowledge the essential role that storytelling, art and symbols play as culturally appropriate communication mechanisms. As a result we have six impressive paintings depicting aspects of health and wellbeing that form the foundation visual imagery for the resource kit.

We planned ways to ensure that the Aboriginal community was involved in all aspects of decision-making along the way. This included a number of 'community conversations' about health and wellbeing to inform the project and to provide feedback.

The local Health Portfolio Network meetings, held monthly and attended by workers from Aboriginal organisations and generalist services, acted as a reference group. This meant that a diverse and fluid range of workers also contributed to the evolution of the resources.

What we have developed

The resource kit contains:

We developed the resources to ensure local ownership and relevance, however much of the material will be useful for other localities, or easily adapted. We encourage the broad use and adaptation of the resources, however please acknowledge the Making Two Worlds Work project as the original source.

What's next?

The six paintings depicting aspects of health and well being will be hanging in the foyers of local health and community agencies in northeast Victoria to welcome Aboriginal clients and families.

We feel confident that by building genuine ownership of the project in the broader health and community sector that services will enthusiastically utilize the resources we have developed together. In turn, there should be a significant increase in the visibility of symbols of welcome, and the use of the local artwork and images for designing written or visual information.

We will continue to encourage agencies to organise cultural awareness and equity training and prioritise relationship building and partnerships with local Aboriginal organisations.

We will evaluate the use of this resource by local agencies and identify what's changed for Aboriginal clients and community, and what's changed from the perspective of the health and community sector. We welcome and encourage your feedback as you use the resources. You can either use the feedback form provided in this guide or email

The next stage of the project is to build on these resources by supporting the development of a local Aboriginal Impact Guide for policy development and review. The Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership members will work in a team to develop trial and implement this.

Who we would like to thank

We estimate that well over 120 individual, workers and agencies – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – have been involved in the development of the artwork and resources. We thank you all for your valuable contributions.

We would particularly like to thank our many artists who painted the six canvases and Mungabareena community members who contributed to the 'community conversations' that shaped this project: Cassie Denniss, Leeanne Darcey, Chyanna Weaver, Justine K, Fred Richards (Elder), Trish Stell, Scott Coates, Kim Jenkins, Kahlia McKnight, Nancy O'Dwyer, Nancee Bultler, Judy Hunt, Karin McMillan, Maureen Coates, June Coates, Pam Griffin (Elder), Jenna Denniss, Barb Kelly, Judy Cue, Carmen Denniss, Staff at Mungabareena, Mum's and kids participating in a parenting course.

Pastor Darren Wighton for demonstrating and explaining 'Indigenous Welcomes' and 'Acknowledging Country' on DVD and Karin McMillan for creating the painting that she then used to explain the importance of art in Aboriginal communities on DVD.

The workers who attended the Mungabareena Health Portfolio meetings and contributed their ideas since 2006, workers attending cultural training since 2005, and Aboriginal health workers attending the VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) Health Promotion short course in 2007.

Alana Hulme for resource development and editing, and Judy Cue, Liz Heta, Dee Basinski, Tarli O'Connell, Louise Scheidl, for reviewing the resources and providing feedback.

Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership who contributed funding for the project and particularly Judith Moore for her encouragement and support.

The three workers facilitating this project were:

Kim Jenkins
Health Worker
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation

Karin McMillan
Spiritual and Wellbeing Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Wodonga Regional Health Service

Kylie Stephens
Health Promotion Worker–Education & Training
Women's Health Goulburn North East

The resources are available to download from www.whealth.com.au or www.upperhumepcp.com.au

Making Two Worlds Work is one component of the broader work of 'Project:Equity' - a workforce development approach to recognising and responding to inequity and exclusion in our region, coordinated by Women's Health Goulburn North East. Contact WHGNE phone 03 5722 3009 or email for further information.