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SALT Studio Consultancy
Terori Hareko-Avaivilla is the founder and director of SALT Studio Consultancy, a First Nation business established originally as a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists to grow their brand within the First Nation visual art space. The consultancy half of the business was added later to combine Terori’s love of sharing her creative culture and education, providing traditional and cultural education through creative means to offer a deeper learning for the participants. Salt Studio Consultancy offers individuals and organisations the opportunity to build cultural understanding through the “8 ways of Knowing’ First Nations Cultural Knowledge Exchange Training, as well as running First Nation Leadership Training as part of local government Community Engagement programs. Terori comes from a strong Islander heritage from Papua New Guinean, Torres Strait Islanders (Saibai/Boigu) and Samoa. She has lived in Melbourne most of her adult life though her childhood was spent in many locations such as Arnhem Land, Vanuatu, Port Moresby and other South Pacific locations, travelling with her parents who were community development workers for AusAid.
"I believe my family, culture and community are three very important aspects of my decision to work within community development, social justice and health frameworks over the course of my professional and personal journey."
Lecturer, Research & Analysis Specialist
Téa came to Australia as a refugee from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, with her family when she was 5 years old. All throughout her academic and professional life she has worked with culturally diverse communities, and was fascinated by culture, and particularly the effects that adapting to a new culture has on people who resettle in new countries. Téa has a broad community development experience across 5 different local government bodies in Queensland and Victoria, primarily in community development roles focused on cultural diversity. Her expertise includes cultural diversity, concepts of health and wellbeing, refugee health, and bridging the gap between research and practice in this space. Téa has specialist expertise in conducting needs analysis, program development and implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
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