The Return to Country Framework will guide Return to Country programs undertaken by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across Victoria. In the interim it will guide the Return to Country Program Pilot to be implemented by the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC) and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) in 2017, while encouraging fexible responses to the needs and circumstances of Aboriginal children, young people, their families and their communities. It is envisaged that the Framework will be complemented by a program practice guide to be developed by each Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation delivering Return to Country in respect to:

• Organisation policy and procedure
• Local cultural protocols contacts, and
• Resources.

Key Findings:

The Framework's Priorities to enhance Return to Country work in a sustainable way within GEGAC and VACCA four key priority areas need to be addressed as part of the program pilot implementation:

  1. Develop the Return to Country Pilot Program Pilot parameters and grow the organisational evidence-base for Return to Country
  2. Build the capacity of Care Teams, VACCA and GEGAC workforces to undertake Return to Country work
  3. Implement a quality improvement framework
  4. Dedicated resource allocation

The Return to Country program is a celebration of Aboriginal cultural practice. It recognises the impact of disconnection on identity, health and wellbeing and is about knowing who you are, where you come from and what this means. It incorporates people, land, water, language, kinship systems, law, knowledge, values, beliefs and spirituality. It is about a shared history and shared memories, healing and resilience, survival and pride.

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