What does it take to be a mover and shaker in the development of social policy in the Northern Territory? Who better to ask than the 2016 NT Social Worker of the Year, Suhaila Rizqallah. My guest today has traipsed back and forth on country for over two decades and has a really good handle on the issues that affect Aboriginal people in Northern Australia. This interview provides a glimpse into the wide range of experiences, observations and actions, Suhaila has undertaken during her varied and deeply satisfying career.
On Episode 30 on Talk the Walk, we explore:
- A day in the life of a Senior Contract Administrator for the Northern Region of Australia
- Reflections on a 24-year journey from social work student at Anglicare to now overseeing contractual arrangements with NGO’s
- The one big challenge for remote communities implementing services
- Why Homelands policy has been the hardest to grapple with yet the most rewarding to see implemented by the Northern Territory government
- What it was like to be called across to work in a multidisciplinary team on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children
- Thoughts on how legislation should be shaped in the future to address the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in out of home care and the juvenile justice system
- Access to good news stories from across the Northern Region
- Helping remote Aboriginal communities recover after natural disaster and the implementation of welfare recovery policy
- The unusual turning point that set Suhaila on the road to social work and be one of the first to graduate in the NT
- The principles and values that has driven Suhaila’s career from her early days as a child protection worker
- The influence of Suhaila’s Palestinian culture and family dynamics on her life and work
- A beautiful sparkling moment that signifies all the hard work is worth it
- Hopes for the future including the Bush Odyssey project
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Contact Suhaila Rizqallah at ieelmag(at)bigpond(dot)com(dot)au