Strengths-based Practices for Working with Aboriginal Communities

Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Dr Paul Hodge, Dr Amanda Howard (University of Newcastle) and Dr Graeme Stuart (University of Newcastle)

This research project explores the ways that community development practitioners are working with Aboriginal communities in remote and rural locations in Australia. It documents how these practitioners are navigating the dilemmas involved in their work, especially the dilemmas that arise when they recognise and seek to build on the strengths of Aboriginal communities—strengths that are all-too-often overlooked in the prevalent “deficit framing” of Aboriginal communities.


Indicative Publication

Cameron, Jenny; Hodge, Paul; Howard, Amanda & Stuart, Graeme, 2016, ‘Navigating Dilemmas of Community Development: Practitioner Reflections on Working with Aboriginal Communities’, Community Development, 47(4), 546-61.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.