chapter  2
14 Pages

The transformative journey to sustainability for Australia’s compensation systems

How peer support and restorative justice interventions are creating a new inclusive narrative
WithJohn Bottomley, Bette Phillips-Campbell, Gordon Traill

Organisational and personal transformations are two critical factors for the sustainability of social development interventions. The authors’ case study of an Australian church agency demonstrates the importance of governance board members embracing their personal vulnerabilities, while their personal testimonies identify their time for healing, reimagining and sharing pain, mutual support, sharing stories, and spiritual connectedness as foundational for their transition from trauma victims to providers of inclusive outcomes. Integrating these transformed narratives cultivates the solidarity necessary to sustain peer support and restorative justice as interventions that can challenge the historical narrative of Australia’s compensation systems for work-related and war service trauma.