As part of the consultation process for the Victorian Government’s Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme, a series of co-designed workshops occurred across Victoria in early 2021. Karabena Consulting was one of the three Indigenous-led consulting teams engaged by the Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee to undertake these consultations. This report summarises the key themes and aspirations that emerged from the workshops, and puts forward key recommendations for the Committee to consider as it oversees the design of a Reparations Model for Victoria’s Stolen Generations.

This report provides an overview of the recommendations and key findings from works
commissioned by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation for interventions with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing in Victoria.

First Nations Forum with Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network​

With a focus on engagement with the coast, the first set of artworks bring forward a unique
perspective on the relationships between humans, the land, and the ocean and we are
proud to have her permission to use this painting on the front cover of the community
report to the EMPHN’s second community member’s forum.

Every year, the Closing the Gap (CTG) Campaign prepares a response to the Commonwealth’s Closing the Gap Annual Report, and in late 2022 commissioned Karabena Publishing to write and produce its 2023 Report, which was launched in Sydney on 16 March 2023. To meet the targets in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, the report Strong Culture, Strong Youth:Our Legacy Our Futurefocuses on the social and cultural determinants of health.

Karabena Publishing was engaged by Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP) to edit, design, publish and print a compilation of Elders’ stories. Through a series of conversations with MMIGP Elders, in the Aboriginal oral tradition of story-telling, Footsteps of Our Elders captures their life experiences and honours the contribution they have made to their community.

In 2022, the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association celebrated its 25th anniversary. To mark this occasion, AIDA commissioned Karabena Publishing to develop a full-colour publication of its 25-year history and a short film, Celebrating the Past, Challenging the Future. The project reflects the positive outcomes of AIDA’s history, the contribution it has made to the changing landscape of Indigenous health in Australia, and the positive impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors in the Australian health system.

Karabena Consulting was contracted by the ACT Government to produce this report on considerations needed to facilitate self-determination in the region over which the Australian Capital Territory boundaries lie.  We used three interlinked strategies: face to face workshops, surveys and interviews conducted by Ngunnawal elders themselves. Karabena Consulting was not able to engage with Ngunnawal families to the degree that they, and we, would like to have, the feed received has enabled us to propose three key elements to the Treaty process.

Karabena Consulting has again partnered with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) to produce this report on developing and trialling pictorial guides to assist with culturally safe communication between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and clinicians in hospital emergency departments (EDs).

The Aboriginal Family Violence Primary Prevention Innovation Fund (Aboriginal Innovation Fund) was established by the Victorian Government to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to design, trial and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of innovative primary prevention interventions across Aboriginal communities in Victoria. The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing commissioned Karabena Consulting to evaluate the Aboriginal Innovation Fund, and to provide recommendations that will support the administration, monitoring and evaluation of funded projects, and inform future primary prevention policy and programmatic directions and investments. This report documents the findings and recommendations from our independent evaluation of 10 primary prevention projects that were delivered by ACCOs across Victoria from 2018 to 2021.

This Guide provides evidence for use in the design and delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Leadership and Coaching Programs (hereafter Women’s Leadership and Coaching Programs).

The purpose of the Guide is to develop a comprehensive evidentiary foundation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s cultural responsibilities, leadership aspirations and links to economic empowerment. It will also assist us in formulating topics and lists of guest speakers for a community of practice in which our women can continue their leadership growth and opportunities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a holistic conception of physical and mental health and wellbeing that is underpinned by core cultural values and perspectives, healing practices and traditions designed to strengthen collective identities and cultural continuity. These conceptions encompass factors that promote resilience, foster a sense of identity and support the health and wellbeing aspirations of individuals, families and communities. These are known as cultural determinants of health. This Guide attempts to describe, by focusing on six domains, how to implement what is commonly understood to be contemporary cultural determinants of health. These have relevance not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but for all Australians interested in achieving health outcomes and linking these achievements to healthy natural environment.

This report is part of the Australian Government’s Connecting to Country: An Australian Indigenous Metagenomics Strategy project, and presents the environmental scan and gap analysis components of the project. Its purpose is to assist the Indigenous Australian Genomics Committee (the Committee) of the Commonwealth Department of Health in identifying current research, clinical services and consumer engagement activities in the genomics field that are of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Reimagining Indigenous Housing, Health and Wealth: The Necessary Ecological Response to Unlock the Potential in the Indigenous Estate – proposes an ecological approach to realising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ aspirations for a high standard of health and housing, and of personal and collective wealth. In doing so, it not only recognises that improvements in these areas – health, housing and wealth – can be powerful agents of population-level betterment, but that they are inextricably part of a larger ecology. As such, the report proposes that simultaneous improvements in all three areas must be the goal of those seeking sustainable change for the better.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) is the organisation responsible for training emergency physicians and advancing professional standards in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand. ACEM’s vision is that the provision of culturally safe and quality acute health care in Australian hospital EDs is vital to true reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To achieve this vision, ACEM commissioned a research report into cultural safety in ED settings from the perspectives of both service users and emergency service providers.