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Reflective Journal

How did you go about making links with your local Aboriginal community?

Denise Hogan
Denise Hogan

Making links with the local Aboriginal community, I found it was appropriate to go through the DET [Department of Education and Training] personnel who would have some knowledge of which community members had particular expertise. But in the past when I'd worked as an ASSPA [Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness] committee member, I'd found the community was very very welcoming and there were strong networks that could be used.

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner

Being a teacher in the Catholic Education system, I've found it appropriate to deal with my Aboriginal consultant in at the Catholic Education Office. She was very helpful in being able to get the links within the community and resources generally.

Robyn Howson
Robyn Howson

In this project, I didn't actually make any links personally. We were able to use the resources of the Department of Education and the Catholic Education Office and they were able to make contacts for us and that took a lot of the worry out of how to find people in the community who had knowledge of the local Aboriginal societies. So that was really helpful.

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