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Summary Bulletin: Understanding Aboriginal Australians for more Effective Provision of Home Modification Services

Authors: von Behrens, T.
Published: 1st May 2007
Audience: Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN: 1 86487 876 2


This information bulletin on 'Understanding Aboriginal Australian's for More Effective Provision of Home Modification Services', includes information on policies and services relating to housing for Aboriginal Australians, in addition to information relating to communication, belief systems, housing quality and general history. The bulletin also contains a checklist to assist therapists and others when working in an aboriginal setting.

Publication History

1st edition Understanding Aboriginal Australians for more effective provision of Home Modification Services by Tanja von Behrens, May 2007.

 Reprinted June 2014

Table of Contents


Historical Context

Aboriginal people are not a homogenous group 

Basic Statistics 

Understanding Beliefs and Practices 


Kinship Systems 

Health Belief Systems 

General Health Conditions 




Concepts of Time and Place 

Improving the Performance of Daily Tasks 

Use of Spaces 

Housing and Crowding 

The Impact of Drugs and Alcohol

Aboriginal People, Policing and Welfare 

Approaching Aboriginal People 

Well Known Members of the Community 

Engagement in Community Consultation processes 



Eye Contact

Time and Storytelling 


Word Meanings 

Understanding and Agreement


Using an Interpreter

Reverence to the Deceased 

Housing and Modification Services for  Aboriginal People 

Assistive Technology 

Awareness and Acceptance of Home  Modification Options 

Alternative Care Approaches 





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