Indigenous engagement strategies
In Australia, there is a significant gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in terms of life expectancy, educational achievement and employment opportunities. Many organisations are in a position to develop solutions for addressing the gap, but often do not have the cultural competency to effectively communicate and engage with Indigenous peoples.
Our people have a high level of cultural competence in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our Director, James Alley, is a descendent of the Kuku Yalanji, Waluwarra and Kalkadoon peoples of Far North and North West Queensland and has strong family connections in Townsville and surrounding areas. James has been actively working with and successfully delivering projects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia for over 20 years.
How we add value
Our clients benefit from being able to access our extensive network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and the organisations that work in those communities. Our network has been built over many years, through direct project delivery experience.
We can help you with:
- Developing Indigenous engagement strategies
- Developing culturally sensitive community projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Negotiation, collaboration and agreement
- Culturally appropriate communication between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous organisations.
Indigenous leadership. Whilst employed at FaHCSIA, James managed the Men’s National Indigenous Leadership Program. The project helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop skills to become strong leaders within their families and communities.
Indigenous aged care. James was employed by the department of Health & Ageing to manage the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program. James controlled a budget of $20 million to improve access to, and quality of, culturally appropriate care for older people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, primarily in rural and remote areas.
Outreach program. Whilst at the Department of Health & Ageing, James managed the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers Program. The contributed to closing the gap in life expectancy by improving access to culturally sensitive primary care services for Indigenous Australians.