Welcome from Aunty Gloria

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Baladhu Dindama, Wiradjuri Ginimaldhaany. Gawambaana Nginhagu Ngurang Bu Bala Marra dha Winhangarra Bu Cassie's Giilang!

I am Dindima, Wiradjuri Elder. Welcome to this place and to hear, think, listen and be touched by Cassie's story!

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Cultural competence is the awareness, knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to other cultures combined with a proficiency to interact appropriately with people from those cultures in a way that is congruent with the behaviour and expectations that members of a distinctive culture recognise as appropriate among themselves...
Extract from the Report of IHEAC's 2007 Annual Conference, Ngapartji Ngapartji Yerra.

Warning: Discussion of Youth Suicide and the Forced Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

About this site

This resource aims to build knowledge of Indigenous culture and cultural diversity and to encourage an awareness and understanding of the diversity of Australia's Indigenous people's cultures and societies. Vital to this is an understanding of the historical factors that contribute to the disadvantaged position of Australia's Indigenous peoples in contemporary Australian society. In recognizing and understanding the impact of current policies and practices and how these impact on contemporary circumstances of Australia's Indigenous peoples it is hoped that people's skills will be enhanced in their chosen area of professional practice. Integral to this is the reflection of your own values and attitudes and how this effects your profession.

The idea is to listen to Cassie's story, Dyan Ngal, and click the hot spots to get more information and then to go back to the resources both within the story and in the Resources section of this site to investigate what you may need to increase your awareness. The Resources section also has a link to listen to the full version of Cassie’s Story and a link to access the full transcript of the audio. 

Getting around this site

The navigation at the top of this Home page directs you through this site. Please go to the How to Use link for further useful navigation and technical requirement information to help you in your use of this site.

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How To Use This Site

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The navigation at the top of the page directs you through this site. You could start by engaging with the Pre Quiz and then you can start your journey by selecting the Story link.

When you are in the Story section of this site the scene pager is located in the lower left-hand corner of the viewing area. Use this pager to jump to a specific scene. You can also progress via the arrows to the left and right of the viewing area. Within each scene you will find:

  • A link to play the audio for each scene
  • Hot spots of resources for you to engage with
  • The transcript of the audio for each scene if required

You can also access all the resources provided within each scene of the story in one place by going to the Resources link. When you have completed the story and accessed the resources you may wish to gauge your progress by accessing the Post Quiz. You can also access a full audio file and a full transcript of Cassie's story, Dyan Ngal in the Resources section. You can also provide feedback on your learning experience and on ways we can improve the resource by clicking on the Feedback icon.

Links that you will find within this site:

  • Pre Quiz /Post Quiz
  • The entire transcript (PDF)

"They never ask us"


"Breaking down of things that keep us together"


"That wailing at night... used to disturb the spirits"


"You got to pull yourself together and get out of here"


"Mum is my rock. She's not good. Her health's bad."


"It's all gone bad... Real bad..."



The questions and content in Cassie’s Story are not meant to cause any undue distress. If you do find them distressing, please contact Student Central on 1800 275 278 to make an appointment to talk with a counsellor.


Listen to the whole story

Listen to all six scenes of Cassie’s Story: Dyan Ngal

Download the entire transcript

Click here to download the transcript (PDF).

Take the Post-Quiz

Provide Feedback

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Scene Resources

Scene 1: “They never ask us”

Image: Scene 1


Scene 2: “Breaking down of things that keeps us together”

Image: Scene 2


Scene 3: “That wailing at night… used to disturb the spirits”

Image: Scene 3


Scene 4: “You got to pull yourself together and get out of here”

Image: Scene 4


Scene 5: “Mum is my rock. She’s not good. Her health’s bad.”

Image: Scene 5


Scene 6: “It’s all gone bad… Real bad…”

Image: Scene 6


Additional Resources


  • Australian Policy Online. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    Explores Indigenous culture and issues relating to health, housing, education, policy, law, reconciliation and remote communities.
  • The Lowitja Institute. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Research

Stolen Generation


Social and emotional wellbeing (including mental health)

  • Garvey, D. (2008). A review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples – considerations, challenges and opportunities. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    A review conducted by Garvey to describe aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people and elements of the Australian contexts in which they live. Available from the Indigenous HeathInfoNet website funded by the Department of Health & Aging.

Youth suicide

  • LIFE Communications. Indigenous Youth suicide statistics. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    Overview of Indigenous youth suicide by LIFE Communications. LIFE Communications  is a National Suicide Prevention Strategy project managed by Crisis Support Services on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Tatz, C. (1999). Aboriginal suicide is different: Aboriginal youth suicide in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand: towards a model of explanation and alleviation. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    Full report by Professor Colin Tatz about Aboriginal Youth suicide in New South Wales funded by the Criminology Research Council, July 1999.

Culture and Community

  • The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA). Chapter Two: Aspects of Traditional Aboriginal Australia, 2.1-2.27. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) is a research and educational institute associated with Monash University. This chapter provides discusses aspects of traditional Aboriginal Australia including spirituality, social organisation, kinship system, culture and customs, law, and ceremony and rituals.
  • Australian National Film & Sound Archives (2005). Loved Up – Lore of Love 2005.  Retrieved April 12, 2011;
    The skin system of Indigenous culture is core to the whole, for through the skin system, bloodlines are kept and strengthened, and the responsibility to land and place are managed. The passing on of this knowledge is what makes any discussion about love, in the Indigenous cultural context, loaded with responsibility, rather than the frivolity represented by popular culture. This documentary is a poetic account of the serious fun of love.
  • Film Australia. Australians at work – Indigenous. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
  • Australasian Legal Information Institute. Understanding Country – Owning and caring for Country. Retrieved April 12, 2011;

Spirituality and The Dreaming

Deaths in custody

Juvenile Justice, Circle sentencing




Human rights


  • Co-operative Research Center for Aboriginal Health (2006). Stories of Hope and Resilience: Using New Media and Storytelling to Facilitate ‘Wellness’ in Indigenous Communities. CRCAH Project No. SE305. Retrieved April 12, 2011;
  • SNAICC (2009). Talking up our strengths. Images of strengths and resilience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Retrieved November 26, 2013;
    Images of strengths and resilience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc. The Funded by SNAICC Resource Service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Dispossession/Forced relocation of communities


We would like to acknowledge the work and contribution of the following people:

  • Aunty Gloria Dindima Rogers, Wiradjuri Elder
  • Ms Wendy Nolan, Acting Director Centre for Indigenous Studies, CSU
  • CSU Division of Learning and Teaching Services staff:
    Ms Elise Hull, Indigenous Resources Officer; Mr Brian Wells, Mr Tony O’Neill, Mr Jade Flynn and Mr Ryun Fell
  • Educational Design & Media. Educational design work and developmental assistance is attributed to Mrs Linda Ward, Mrs Lynn Flynn, Ms Elise Hull and Ms Kate Rose
  • The original concept for the resource comes from the work Ms Wendy Nolan is involved with around Cultural Competence training and the case studies she uses.
  • The script was written by Dr Barbara Hill in consultation with Ms Elise Hull, Ms Wendy Nolan and Aunty Gloria Dindima Rogers.
  • Some incorporated scenery shots have come from photos taken by Mr Ryun Fell in Barkandji country and permission for their use has been given by Aunty Beryl Philip Carmichael (Yungha- dhu), Ngyampa/Barkandji Elder.
  • In addition the following people have contributed in kind and professionally to the development of this resource :
    Dr Jane Mills, Ms Kate Smith as Director, Mr Patrick McNamara - members of the School of Communication and Creative Industries, CSU; and Dr Jillene Harris from the School of Psychology, CSU.