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Formative evaluation of Bourke and Brewarrina Healing Project for the Healing Foundation: final report
The Healing Foundation’s intergenerational trauma initiative is aimed at restoring and reaffirming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s pride in their cultural identity. The Healing Foundation entered into partnerships with Bourke High School (BHS) and Brewarrina Central School (BCS) in western NSW to develop healing programs in the two remote mainstream schools. Although they are being implemented independently, the two School Healing Programs (SHPs) are similar in overall approach. Primary data were collected through group discussions, interviews, questionnaires, observation and document review. Secondary data were also utilised. Site-specific findings and recommendations are provided in two stand-alone, supplementary reports. Implementation of a whole-of-school healing program within a mainstream educational facility has challenges at student, program, school and community levels, and takes time. The SHP is a good fit with the overall school strategies and their welfare/wellbeing cultures.