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Consider the Yolngu My Lessons on community development, my perspective of an unfair system Written by Alexandro Marquez Community Development BHS00130 2015 Session 2 Bachelor in Social Welfare Southern Cross University Date: Introduction This study analysed the attempt and outlines the challenges faced by the Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS) to implement a community development process. The authors, Campbell, Wunungmurra and Nyomba (2005) begin by defining community development processes and efficacy in health. For example, the authors explain that the strategic effectiveness for First Peoples health outcomes is fundamental due to the participatory congruence between clan elders and Indigenous People controlled health services. Further, the dangers and ineffectiveness of top down community development and the importance of relevant approaches evidenced by the challenges health professionals encountered. The preliminary results of the research show that community development approaches are effective in facilitating positive health outcomes for local communities although, top down government interventions are ineffective health strategies as evidenced in the findings. The conclusion suggested by the authors is that for positive change to occur for all Australians, particularly the First Peoples of Australia, power inequalities need to be addressed between the First Peoples and Australian Federal, State and local government programs and services. Further, professionals need to relinquish power thus empower the people if they intend on being viable and needed in the future (Campbell, Wunungmurra & Nyomba 2005, p. 151-166; Connell, Fawcett & Meagher 2009). In this case, study, ‘Yolngu’ refers to the Indigenous Australian people inhabiting northeastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia and

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