The importance of Aboriginal history for practitioners

Bindi Bennett

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To know where we are going, we must know where we have been.
This chapter outlines the history of Aboriginal peoples from European colonisation to the present day and discusses past policies and practices that continue to impact on their wellbeing. It provides an Aboriginal per­spective on the history and policies that have been important in Australia. All social workers should be aware of these events to develop effective, responsive and useful practice.
This chapter does not detail every historical event that has impacted Aboriginal people. The intention is to provide a broad social work per­spective about the history and policies that have impacted Aboriginal people and to highlight the important events and developments. This chapter focuses on Australian Aboriginal peoples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOur voices: Aboriginal social work
EditorsBindi Bennett, Sue Green
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRed Globe Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781352004106
ISBN (Print)9781352004090, 1352004097
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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  • Our voices: Aboriginal social work

    Bennett, B. (ed.) & Green, S. (ed.), 2019, 2nd ed. London: Red Globe Press. 265 p.

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