Injury Prevention Summit 2021: Success in the West attendees were fortunate to attend a breakout session regarding injury prevention and safety promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, facilitated by Professor Pat Dudgeon and Associate Professor Roz Walker.
With decades of experience regarding Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing, Pat and Roz reinforced the higher incidence of injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and acknowledged some of the factors that can contribute to this heightened risk, including; social disadvantage, the ongoing effects of colonisation, drug and alcohol misuse, exposure to domestic violence, poor safety standards, unsafe living environments and remote residence.
To ensure the workshop focused on the opportunities to reduce these risk factors and the role of cultural values in supporting injury prevention initiatives, Pat and Roz encouraged attendees to share their understanding of success factors when working with Aboriginal communities to implement injury prevention initiatives. Given the variety of injury topic experts within the room and the range of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, these conversations resulted in dynamic ideas across differing levels of influence.
Common threads of discussion centred around the importance of; the local community identifying the problems, co-design across the whole project, developing local partnerships, using a human rights framework, promoting cultural values, empowering local community members, providing culturally responsive access to care and having long term funding.
The variety of strategies, tools and resources shared throughout the workshop resulted in attendees walking away with an increased understanding of how they can develop injury prevention initiatives in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and enhance the cultural competence of their trauma-informed care.