Creating Culturally Safe Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Indigenous Australians: A Brief Review of the Literature

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McLennan, Vanette
Taylor, Natalie
Rachow, Amanda
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Chapman, Kelsey
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2016
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This article reviews the research evidence on vocational rehabilitation services and rehabilitation counselling practice with Indigenous Australians. It applied a context sensitive, cultural safety and reflexivity approach to construct salient themes from the research evidence. Findings suggest Indigenous Australians with disabilities experience significant ‘double-disadvantage’, and that vocational rehabilitation service providers lack the knowledge and skills in culturally safe practice in order to enhance the opportunities for social and economic inclusion of Indigenous Australians. A whole-of-profession approach, incorporating and ensuring Indigenous client equity and cultural safety in vocational rehabilitation, is critically and urgently needed.

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Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling
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22
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2
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© 2016 Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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