Dhiiyaan Mirri Bridging Cultures Unit

Dhiiyaan Mirri ensures we're committed to understanding and sharing the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, and that our programs are both safe and culturally responsive.

Dhiiyaan Mirri – Family of Stars

Established in early 2019, Dhiiyaan Mirri – which in Kamilaroi means Family of Stars – aims to ensure the organisation is actively meeting its responsibilities in honouring our First Nations Peoples as we work towards reconciliation and self-determination through knowledge, practice and by growing our partnerships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in each State and Territory.

Aims and commitment

Dhiiyaan Mirri’s aim is to work with all OzChild teams, endeavouring to keep First Nations children and young people connected to their families, communities, cultures and country.

Through a dedicated team, Dhiiyaan Mirri will work across OzChild services, build partnerships and encourage participation, source and provide information and data relating to First Nations children and young people and seek to continuously improve the quality of programs and services through research and evaluation.

Bridging Cultures Unit

Chad Lofthouse | Senior Manager, Dhiiyaan Mirri | OzChild’s Bridging Cultures Unit
Kylie Bell | Senior Aboriginal Practice Lead (VIC)
Maria Matu | Aboriginal Practice Lead (NSW)
Sadiqa Phillips | Aboriginal Practice Lead (ACT)
Alisha Staines | Aboriginal Practice Lead (SA)
Vincent (Vinnie) Nuggin | Aboriginal Practice Lead (QLD)
Mark Dekker | Aboriginal Practice Lead (South West VIC)

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Acknowledgement of Country

OzChild acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We acknowledge their cultures are living ones, which relate to their ongoing connection to all things living and non-living on land, sea and sky.

We pay our respect to Elders past and present.

May the children of today lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

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