Always Be You

Be You is committed to bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and ways of doing to the materials, resources and experiences of Be You.

Nov 16, 2018

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The Always Be You resources are for everyone in Australia in any learning community or context. 

The resources have been developed in a respectful space where culture is acknowledged, considered and celebrated. 

Whether you are an individual Be You user or part of a Be You learning community use these resources to consider and find your own opportunities and ways to focus on mental health and wellbeing in your setting. Use these resources to develop an understanding of different cultural perspectives. 

Wise words: ‘If you watch, listen, rethink and redo with different lenses you find new ways’

Take a look at the Always Be You E-Book: ‘Learning on Country – what do ya know’. This book informs and underpins Always Be You. It explores connectedness and relationships, identity, community mentoring, cultural safety and cultural competence. Read it and then have a yarn…

(Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that documents and recordings on this site may contain images, voice recordings or names of people who have since passed away.)

Investigate and reflect about the ways of knowing Always Be You symbols. Many ways…different ways. These symbols allow us to check in on all the ways we do things. It means we can unpack our ways of doing and reflect if we are including different perspectives in our practice.

There are different ways of knowing, being and doing.

(Always Be You acknowledges the influence of 8 Ways and the work of Early Childhood Australia in developing different ways of being, thinking and doing. researchonline.jcu.edu.com/10974)

Check out the Always Be You Action Charts – these make key messages about mental health more accessible and encourage respect and inclusivity. You can use them when planning, in practice and in reviewing and reflecting and they can be linked to your setting’s Improvement Plan. They are also linked to the Professional Learning domains and are available to be customised for your own setting – to make them your own. Make them reflect your place and space.

If you're a participating Be You Learning Community and need further information about embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing and embedding these in your practice have a yarn with your Be You Consultant.

Be You acknowledges the Traditional Owners of lands and waters throughout Australia and pays respect to Elders both past and present. We recognise the importance of continued connection to culture, country and community to the health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.