Since the establishment of The Healing Foundation, collaborative and collective healing responses have been provided to members of the Stolen Generations and their descendants, establishing a pathway to understanding their unique healing journeys and what it takes to support this process. Considerable research has been undertaken to understand and address the historic trauma that is ever present in the lives of our Stolen Generations and their descendants. As part of this continued pursuit to understand where and how trauma is being experienced in our communities and to provide pathways for healing, The Healing Foundation commissioned the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to conduct a demographic and needs analysis of Stolen Generations members and their descendants. The AIHW report uncovered the chronic health, disability and alarming levels of economic and social disadvantage experienced by the Stolen Generations and their descendants. As the first demographic study of its kind, it also provided comprehensive data to illustrate the direct link between the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families and the real-life symptoms of Intergenerational Trauma within today’s families and communities.
Before this report, we did not know how many Stolen Generations members were still alive, let alone where and how they live, making it difficult to determine their needs and plan and develop appropriate service responses.
The AIHW report, supported by our other research, highlights current failures in delivering accessible and effective solutions. The Stolen Generations and their descendants are 1.5 times more likely to report access difficulties than other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is largely because of a lack of appropriate healing services across areas where we now know that the Stolen Generations and their families live. Poor accessibility is also linked to issues with trust and a failure to provide services that are trauma-informed and culturally focused.
As an aging population, our Stolen Generations members require a unique response and care provisions within the aged care sector. This workshop, co-facilitated by the Chair of The Healing Foundation’s Stolen Generations Reference Group and representative/s from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care sector, is designed to explore the deep and intrinsic needs of our Stolen Generations and how to meet these needs in the context of palliative care.
It is hoped that by attending this workshop participants will be have the opportunity to learn, share and identify solutions to meet the sensitive needs of our Stolen Generations members and their families.