Red Dust Healing

Red Dust Healing is a specific cultural healing program written from an Indigenous perspective. It aims to engage Indigenous men, women and families to recognise and confront problems, hurt and anger in their lives, stemming primarily from rejection and grief.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Tom Powell, Julie Wungundin and Barry Hoskins from Red Dust Healing

The whole country needs this program. It will go a long way towards healing for the last 200 years”
Male participant

About the program

The program makes use of visual holistic learning modules, linking Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, to help participants with their individual insights and the journey of personal growth and wellbeing. It also includes individual case management plans and ongoing support for participants through reminders of the tools of Red Dust Healing. Importantly, the program also involves a ‘train the trainer’ component, training individuals to enable them to run the Red Dust Healing program with their own community.

The workshops are well received by participants. Furthermore, the program has led to tangible positive outcomes for participants, including increased rates of employment, decreased incidence of domestic violence and reduction in re-offending rates. The program also aims to reduce levels of substance abuse, and promote empowerment amongst communities.

Bernard with his daughter Aila

Bernard's story
Find out about how this program has helped Bernard, who, though he did well at school, lost direction in his life after his mother passed away. The Red Dust Healing program gave Bernard a safe space to talk about his grief and helped him find a way to heal from within.
Read more and see a video about Bernard's story »

Karimah's story
Karimah tells of how her participation in the Red Dust Healing program has helped her be more confident and become an inspiring leader for young people.
Read more about Karimah's story and watch the video »

I still thank Red Dust Healing for giving me the courage and confidence to take on such a big role.”

Program details

  • Issues: Indigenous rights
  • Partner Agency: Spread Out and Stick Together
  • Funding in 2016/17 financial year: AU $161,000
  • Geographic location: Urban and remote communities Australia-wide
  • When partnership was established: 2011

Listen to the Caritas Project Compassion song written by Tom Powell from Red Dust Healing and performed by Marty Van Veluwen