In February 2009 the Australian government announced $26.6 million over four years to establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, to be operational from January 2010. This report summarises the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about how the foundation should operate.
More than 450 people attended 17 workshops and forums across Australia, and 48 written submissions were received. The report recommends that the new foundation:
• focus on funding grassroots healing initiatives, and health promotion, education and skills training in the prevention and treatment of trauma, and
• build an evidence base through the evaluation and documentation of best practice in healing.
The Healing Foundation will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support to help them overcome the cycle of trauma and grief arising from forced removals and other past government policies.