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Anna FLOURIS

Year of Award: 2011 Award State: Northern Territory Business > Indigenous
The Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate Indigenous youth leadership projects for implementation in remote Australia - USA, Canada
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About Anna 

 

Anna Flouris was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation Churchill Fellowship in 2011 to investigate Indigenous youth leadership projects for implementation in remote Australia.  Anna travelled to Canada and USA, visiting Indigenous-led youth leadership programmes, treatment programmes for youth, and attended international conferences.  She proposed a model for Indigenous youth leadership in remote Central Australia and has since published a number of articles contributing to this subject.

 

Anna has worked with Indigenous young people in Central Australia for 11 years.  Broadly, her roles during these years have included remote-based youth work, coordination, research, case work for misusers of volatile substances, program development, infrastructure development, and management of safe houses/refuges. 

 

Anna is now an acting Senior Advisor with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in the Indigenous Affairs Group in Central Australia.  A component of her current role includes the development of a youth strategy for the region, including better understanding of the youth landscape and the minimum required facets of a successful program.  Her work has shown that in order to improve outcomes for Indigenous children and youth, programs must be locally developed and integrated into existing social and cultural supports. Such programs must be nationally recognised as essential services, as resourcing will often dictate what programs can be offered to children and youth.

 

 

Report Excerpt

 

Key Conclusions and Recommendations: 

 

- A well-funded and governed Indigenous holistic VSA treatment program could severely impact on the lives of young people and their families; 

- A model is proposed for Indigenous youth leadership development in remote Central Australia, although further consultation is necessary; 

- Adequate funding is needed to staff, train and accredit both a VSA treatment facility and a leadership program; informal training considered; 

- Consultation and partnerships within the sectors require strengthening; 

- Recognition of youth services as essential services by the Northern Territory and Federal Governments, and thusly funded (strategically); and 

- Regular national/regional forums to discuss issues for young Indigenous Australians, including VSA and treatment;

 

Implementation and Dissemination: 

 

Further development of the youth leadership model for Central Australia is needed as well as funding and resources to bring such vital programs into play. Dissemination of the project findings will involve a number of methods including informal and formal meetings, conferences, presentations, articles and face-to-face interactions, with local and federal stakeholders.

 

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