BDM’s Strong identity, strong spirit campaign is the framework we use to deliver BDM services. We deliver these locally in communities through a targeted outreach program.
The purpose of the campaign is to increase:
- Birth registration and birth certificate possession in Victoria’s Aboriginal communities
- Awareness of, and access to, BDM services generally
- Uptake of BDM Aboriginal-specific services.
To do this, BDM works with:
- Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJACs) Executive Officers. They help us determine culturally-appropriate ways of engaging with Aboriginal communities across Victoria.
- Local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs). We try to use existing events, such as community lunches and justice days. These help deliver BDM services directly to communities.
- Corrections Victoria, so that Aboriginal prisoners have a birth certificate before their release.
- Service delivery organisations. This supports their workforce with the resources and information to access BDM services. These organisations include:
- Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers (AHLO)
- Koori Maternity Services (KMS)
- Maternal Child Health Nurses (MCH)
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
- Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. (VACCHO)
Learn more about the Strong Identity Strong Spirit campaign so far.
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Coolamon Strategy 2019-21 contents
- Welcome to the Coolamon Strategy
- The significance of the coolamon
- The importance of BDM services
- Purpose of the Coolamon Strategy 2019-21
- Strong identity, strong spirit in practice
- Supporting our Aboriginal customers
- Removing financial barriers for Aboriginal customers
- Building trust and confidence in BDM services