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“Adapting a western health promotion framework into a cultural
framework to engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
com...
Introduction
• 2Spirits Program was formed in 1996 under the umbrella of
Queensland AIDS Council, previously known as Quee...
Introduction continues
• Our target group are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gay
Men and Sistergirls.
• Our approac...
Workforce Attributes
2Spirits workforce obtain three core attributes that complements
our role as health professionals tha...
2Spirits Five Main Dimensions
We address social, emotional, economic and cultural wellbeing
through following five dimensi...
Community Settings
• Urban
• Rural
• Remote
Cultures & sub-cultures
• Aboriginal
• Torres Strait Islander
• South Sea Islander
• Indigenous Elders
• Lesbian, Gay, Bis...
Frameworks
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frameworks are flexible
with culture and emerging health trends.
• Main...
Our Focus
• Strengthen community actions
• Create supportive and inclusive environments
• Develop personal and professiona...
Cultural Protocols
We have developed and embed ‘Traditions & Cultural Protocols’ into the
project and programs to connect ...
Barriers
Main stream approaches neglect to implement cultural appropriate
structures in their procedures to target Aborigi...
Questions???
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2 Spirits: promoting healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities

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An overview of how the 2 Spirits Program at the Queensland AIDS Council adapts a western health promotion framework into a cultural framework to engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities around HIV and sexual health. This presentation was given at the AFAO Community Hub at the ASHM 2015 conference.

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2 Spirits: promoting healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities

  1. 1. “Adapting a western health promotion framework into a cultural framework to engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland”
  2. 2. Introduction • 2Spirits Program was formed in 1996 under the umbrella of Queensland AIDS Council, previously known as Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (Qahc). • The project was established as the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Islander HIV & AIDS Project. • In 2008, the program went through a name change and is now known as the 2Spirits Program. • The program has been operating for 19 years and funded federally by the Department of Health (DoH). • We are based in Cairns and Brisbane with a state wide brief.
  3. 3. Introduction continues • Our target group are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gay Men and Sistergirls. • Our approach is “Whole of Community”. • The cornerstone of our work is ‘”Culture & Identity”. • Our ‘expertise’ in adapting western health promotion into a cultural appropriate framework.
  4. 4. Workforce Attributes 2Spirits workforce obtain three core attributes that complements our role as health professionals that reinforces our connection with communities as the ‘key’ to our connectedness to establish rapport to normalise conversations about Sexual Health, Sexuality and Identity. 1 Cultural Identity 2 Community Identity 3 Professional Identity
  5. 5. 2Spirits Five Main Dimensions We address social, emotional, economic and cultural wellbeing through following five dimensions that provide the link the past, present and future: • Spiritual • Cultural • Understanding • Experience • Aspirations
  6. 6. Community Settings • Urban • Rural • Remote
  7. 7. Cultures & sub-cultures • Aboriginal • Torres Strait Islander • South Sea Islander • Indigenous Elders • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Sistergirl, Brotherboy (LGBSB) • Youth • Non-Indigenous • Heterosexual • English & non-english speaking backgrounds
  8. 8. Frameworks • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander frameworks are flexible with culture and emerging health trends. • Mainstream frameworks are Inflexible. Can be used as political responses to address Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander emerging health crises.
  9. 9. Our Focus • Strengthen community actions • Create supportive and inclusive environments • Develop personal and professional skills • Reorient services • Build healthy public policy • Moving into the future
  10. 10. Cultural Protocols We have developed and embed ‘Traditions & Cultural Protocols’ into the project and programs to connect with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Our culture identity is the key that connects us through our spiritual and customary practices through our lifestyles, lore and ceremonies. why we do it…. • Indigenous Elders are our leaders and the gatekeepers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Elders are responsible for protecting and guiding our communities and our futures. • Communities to empower our communities through education and community awareness to make better choices about sexual health and become community advocates. • Youth are our children and future leaders and custodians of our cultures.
  11. 11. Barriers Main stream approaches neglect to implement cultural appropriate structures in their procedures to target Aboriginal and Torres Stair Islander health needs. The inequities in the standards of Indigenous health in Australia and the gaps in service delivery is the reason why we are today. Barriers: • The recognition of existing professional Indigenous services • Recognition of the values the front line worker in communities • Lack of collaboration • Political targeting • Non-effective empowerment or sustainability • Outcomes from conferences • Setting up positions to fail • No recognition of existing of successful Indigenous programs • Tick and flick approach
  12. 12. Questions???

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