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

  • Vanette McLennan (a1), Natalie Taylor (a2), Amanda Rachow (a2), Grant South (a2) and Kelsey Chapman (a2)...

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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Address for correspondence: Vanette E. J. McLennan, School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Gold Coast Campus, Parklands Drive, Southport, QLD, 4222. E-mail:
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