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- Young aboriginal fathers: the findings and impact of a research project undertaken in the Hunter Valley, NSW
- In Australia, there has been very little systematic investigation into the needs of young Indigenous men in their fathering roles. For many young males who become fathers, the compounding issues of being adolescent, Indigenous and male have serious implications for positive outcomes in their role as fathers. If young Aboriginal men are to be more involved in family life, identified barriers need to be removed and services need to be redesigned to support fathers' involvement. Although the literature on Indigenous fathers is sparse, there is clear evidence that traditional Indigenous cultures involved examples of intimate, caring, involved father roles. However, it is equally clear that colonisation undermined and devalued the role of the father in the family and that Indigenous fathers are deserving of specific support in reconstructing a culturally appropriate, contemporary fatherhood. Within the Hunter region of NSW, Indigenous and non-Indigenous family-related services have been established to meet family health, welfare, housing, education, training and employment, and cultural needs of the Indigenous community. It is important that providers recognise the need for culturally appropriate provision of services that they incorporate consultation with the Indigenous stakeholders.
- Aboriginal Islander and Health Worker Journal Vol. 28, Issue 5, p. 6-7
- Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker
- Resource Type
- journal article