Adapting the 'family wellbeing' empowerment program to the needs of remote indigenous school children

Tsey, K., Whiteside, M., Daly, S., Deemal, A., Gibson, T., Cadet-James, Y., Wilson, A., Santhanam, R. and Haswell-Elkins, M. R. (2005) Adapting the 'family wellbeing' empowerment program to the needs of remote indigenous school children. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 2: 112-116. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00059.x

Author Tsey, K.
Whiteside, M.
Daly, S.
Deemal, A.
Gibson, T.
Cadet-James, Y.
Wilson, A.
Santhanam, R.
Haswell-Elkins, M. R.
Title Adapting the 'family wellbeing' empowerment program to the needs of remote indigenous school children
Journal name Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2005-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00059.x
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 112
End page 116
Total pages 5
Editor J. Daly
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Public Health Assoc of Australia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321207 Indigenous Health
730206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Abstract Objective: To adapt the Family Wellbeing empowerment program, which was initially designed to support adults to take greater control and responsibility for their decisions and lives, to the needs of Indigenous school children living in remote communities. Method. At the request of two schools in remote Indigenous communities in far north Queensland, a pilot personal development and empowerment program based on the adult Family Wellbeing principles was developed, conducted and evaluated in the schools. The main aims of the program were to build personal identity and to encourage students to recognise their future potential and be more aware of their place in the community and wider society. Results: Participation in the program resulted in significant social and emotional growth for the students. Outcomes described by participating students and teachers included increased analytical and reflective skills, greater ability to think for oneself and set goals, less teasing and bullying in the school environment, and an enhanced sense of identity, friendship and,social relatedness'. Conclusion: This pilot implementation of the Family Wellbeing Program adapted for schools demonstrated the program's potential to enhance Indigenous young people's personal growth and development. Challenges remain in increasing parental/ family involvement and ensuring the program's sustainability and transferability. The team has been working with relevant stakeholders to further develop and package the School-based Family Wellbeing program for Education Queensland's New Basics curriculum framework.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Q-Index Code C1

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