Getting Strong Again

Getting Strong Again is a culturally safe resource developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants. The resource was developed in partnership between NIISQ and the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) (FPDN).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability, Elders and community members across Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands were consulted with during the development of this resource.

NIISQ is committed to participant-centred service and recognise there is no one size fits all approach. We operate on being respectful and inclusive and ensure culturally safe resources and education are instilled in our practices.

We embarked on this journey at the commencement of NIISQ with the help of Uncle Paul Calcott, the artist behind the Walking Together artwork, commissioned at the commencement of NIISQ to illustrate how the Scheme will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may sustain serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

We have now continued this journey with the development of Getting Strong Again, which was designed to help Support Planners to start the planning conversation in a respectful way.

NIISQ is a no-fault scheme that provides necessary and reasonable lifetime treatment, care and support to those who sustain eligible serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland, on or after 1 July 2016. NIISQ have set out to offer a culturally safe approach, free of jargon and complex procedures to help participants to access their benefits under the Scheme.

Getting Strong Again is intended to help a participant to talk with NIISQ support planners about their goals and identify their support needs.

The Getting Strong Again initiative includes a planning booklet which adopts the traditional method of story-telling, cultural symbols and artwork to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with serious personal injury to identify the support they may need help with to get strong again in their culture, family, community and relationships.

Inclusion of the sea turtle represents people connected to salt water and that no matter how far someone travels they always have a connection to their home and can find their way back. The tracks throughout are of the emu and kangaroo and represent a connection to land. These native animals are unable to walk backwards and talk to a participant about always moving forward in getting strong again. Finally, footsteps lead to the various areas of the participant’s life with NIISQ walking alongside the participant in their journey.

While the resource was designed with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants in mind, all of our participants are welcome to access the resource if they will find it helpful with identifying their support needs and having planning conversations. You are invited to have a yarn with your Support Planner if you are interested in accessing this resource.

Necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support considerations still apply in accordance with the legislationNational Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Act 2016 and National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Regulation 2016. 

Supporting animations have been developed to explain the cultural symbolism in the booklet and provide guidance on how to use the booklet.

Three versions of the video animation are available: a female and male narration, respectful of women’s and men’s business; and an inclusive Torres Strait Creole narration.

You may view the videos below. Subtitles are provided within the videos.

Female narration version:

Male narration version:

Torres Strait Islander – Creole language

The artwork found within the resource is by Uncle Paul Calcott, an Australian Aboriginal artist living on the Sunshine Coast. He has been working within the disability sector for thirty years and is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability have access to services and supports that help keep them strong.

Leila Constable also contributed to the  artwork. She is an Aboriginal artist with many years experience working with people living with disability.