The Korin Korin Balit-Djak plan details how the department will work with Aboriginal communities, community organisations, other government departments and mainstream service providers – now and into the future – to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak emerges at a significant time for both Aboriginal communities in Victoria and the government. It follows the government’s commitment to self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians.

The Department of Health and Human Services commissioned work that has informed both Korin Korin Balit-Djak and the discussion about Aboriginal self-determination across all areas of the Victorian Government and community. This research and discussion has underpinned a new policy platform for Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak is informed by an extensive consultation process with Aboriginal communities across Victoria, as well as a strong evidence base, including Koolin Balit evaluation findings (Victorian Government 2012). The plan details how the department will work with Aboriginal communities, community organisations, other government departments and mainstream service providers – now and into the future – to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak covers five domains:

  • Aboriginal community leadership
  • prioritising Aboriginal culture and community
  • system reform across the health and human services sector
  • safe, secure, strong families and individuals
  • physically, socially and emotionally healthy Aboriginal communities.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak will be reviewed and updated every three years.

Korin Korin Balit-Djak is guided by the government’s vision to achieve optimum health, wellbeing and safety for all Victorians so they can live the life they value. It aligns with the department’s strategic directions and aspires to address, and ultimately eliminate, systemic racism within the Victorian health and human service sectors.

Access the Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan on the health.vic. website.

Victorian Aboriginal artist Dixon Patten was commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services to produce the artwork titled Korin Korin Balit-Djak. In this video, he explains how his artwork depicts the way DHHS will work with Aboriginal communities to ensure the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal self-determination

This series of videos show extracts of two seminars presented in late 2016, where Aboriginal leaders provide an overview of the rights to Aboriginal self-determination, what it means to Victorian Aboriginal communities and how self-determining policies and programs will lead to improved health, wellbeing and safety outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

Associate Professor Gregory Phillips on Aboriginal self-determination for Korin Korin Balit-Djak

The department invited research fellow Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and academic Associate Professor Gregory Phillips to introduce and contextualise Aboriginal self-determination for Korin Korin Balit-Djak Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety strategic plan 2017 - 2027.

Associate Professor Gregory Phillips on Aboriginal self-determination for Korin Korin Balit-Djak - Video transcript (Word)

Influencing Policy: Why Self-determined Outcomes Matter

This video highlights the commitment of the Victorian Government to Aboriginal self-determination and the importance of ensuring Aboriginal Victorians lead decisions in policy development and program delivery.

Influencing Policy - Why self-determined outcomes matter - Video transcript (Word)

What is meant by Aboriginal self-determination?

Aboriginal self-determination means many things to many people. In this video, three of Victoria’s most respected Aboriginal leaders discuss the concept as a conceptual framework, an ultimate goal, a process and the implications for policy and practices aimed at improving health, wellbeing and safety outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

What is meant by Aboriginal self-determination? - Video transcript (Word)

Reforming the system to support Aboriginal self-determination

A key to the success of Aboriginal self-determination in Victoria is to reform the whole health and human services system, to improve existing government structures, policies and accountability mechanisms. This video highlights the need to develop new ways of working with Aboriginal communities to enable better health, wellbeing and safety outcomes for Victorian Aboriginal families and communities.

Reforming the system to support Aboriginal self-determination - Video transcript (Word)

Aboriginal self-determination - Prioritising culture and community

Prioritising Aboriginal culture and communities is a central focus in supporting Aboriginal self-determination. This video highlights the importance of preserving and growing Aboriginal cultural practices, which must be supported by the broader Victorian community.

Aboriginal self-determination - Prioritising culture and community- Video transcript (Word)

Community leadership - A key to Aboriginal self-determination

Every community needs good leaders with vision, power and influence. This video shows that, for Victorian Aboriginal communities, more needs to be done to develop and support Aboriginal community leaders, and to trust them to lead decisions around the health, wellbeing and safety needs of their communities.

Community leadership - A key to Aboriginal self-determination - Video transcript (Word)

Safe, secure, strong families and communities through Aboriginal self-determination

This video captures the importance of including local Aboriginal voices in the development of policies and practices to ensure Aboriginal communities, and particularly children and families, are safe, secure and strong in culture.

Safe, secure, strong families and communities through Aboriginal self-determination - Video transcript (Word)

Community participation and Aboriginal self-determination

In this video, Professor Larissa Behrendt discusses the practical application of Aboriginal self-determination by highlighting the need to involve Aboriginal communities in the development and implementation of policies and programs aimed at improving Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety outcomes