Most people of European background are t aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigeus people, it can seem like a foreign language. Indigeus ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social and emotional wellbeing is essential for practitioners working with Indigeus clients across the human services. She explores core principles of traditional Indigeus kwledge in Australia, including relatedness, Country, circular learning, stories, and spirituality. She then shows how these principles represent a theory for Indigeus practice. A Theory for Indigeus Australian Health and Human Service Work offers a deep insight into Indigeus Australian ways of working with people, in the context of a decolonisation framework. It is an invaluable resource for both Indigeus and n-Indigeus practitioners and researchers in health, social work, community work, education and related fields.
LORRAINE MULLER is a Murri woman with many years experience in community work. She holds a PhD in Social Work, and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University, where she is undertaking her second PhD.
Winner of Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing: Scholarly Reference 2015.