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.


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

We then produced a suite of six colour posters developed from the original paintings. From there we chose over 100 art work designs based on the six paintings for agencies to download and use when designing written or visual information for Aboriginal clients and community. From each of the six designs, you can chose from a range of  borders, banners, and images; both in full colour and water washes.

Mental and Spiritual Health belongs to all of usMental and Spiritual Health belongs to all of us
People attending a community event for Mental Health Week in Wodonga in 2006 were invited to put their hand print on the painting to create the background. That same week community members attending a local mental health awareness gathering at Mungabareena developed small artworks symbolizing spiritual and emotional health. Other art works were designed by families attending a parenting program. The border and design of the painting was then completed by Mungabareena community members.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for
Spiritual and Mental Health

The eye of health is in the hand of the beholder, seen by the beauty and culture which surronds usThe eye of health is in the hand of the beholder,
seen by the beauty and culture which surrounds us.

The visual images were created by an Aboriginal parenting group and their children. The images represent taking care of your body both inside and out. The flowers surrounding the images represent blossoming health.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for
General Health

We don't know unless you tell us.  You're not alone, we can help We don’t know unless you tell us.
You’re not alone, we can help.

The centre circle represents place or home and the wonky shape that surrounds it represent when it goes out of whack for one reason or another. The animal tracks symbolises travel and transport. The arches represent people who, at times, feel very isolated. The circles represent communities.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for
Seeking and Offering Support

Make your support for Aboriginal communities a reality - genuine and trueMake your support for Aboriginal communities a reality –
genuine and true

Workers attending a 2006 forum about equity, culture and inclusion were invited to contribute their handprints to the poster. The artwork was then developed by an Aboriginal Elder. The middle circle represents meetings & gatherings of health and community agencies. The outer circles symbolises different organisations and individuals working collaboratively to advance health and well being in our area. The lines signify the many links and networks.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for

Strength in identity carries you throughStrength in identity carries you through.
The suns and the moons represent many days of culture. The smaller inner circles signify other Aboriginal communities. The centre circle represents our community in which we live and the leaves symbolise a healthy community. The circle with the snake represents dreamtime & spirit. The two arches symbolize Aboriginal people strong in their identity. The wavy dots in the circle represent water needed for survival and the plant depicts health and growth.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for
Culture and Identity

Family and Kinship.  It's in the heart constant and strong, young people need to know where they belong.Family & Kinship. It's in the heart constant and strong,
Young people need to know where they belong.

The centre arch is the self, surrounded by family represented by the four outer arches. The circles surrounding the arches symbolise support provided by Mungabareena to Aboriginal families and individuals. The outer circles signify the local generalist services and their networks. This is to remind us that generalist services need to seek Aboriginal advice to work in partnership and we, as Aboriginal people, sometimes need to seek outside support for harmony and health enhancement.

PDF FileArtwork Elements for
Kinship and Familiy