Red Dust Healing


“Red Dust Healing for me begins with my earliest memory of my dad, Noel Powell Snr. I must have been about four and I remember him driving home on the grader to a caravan on the side of a road out near Ivanhoe and the red dust swirling behind him. He swallowed a lot of Red Dust in his time.” – Tom Powell Founding Director.

Originally designed by Tom and further developed in partnership with Randal Ross with whom he first met in October 1996 while working for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Taree NSW. Red Dust Healing is a specific cultural healing program that has been delivered to groups in both New South Wales and Queensland. To date over 1,700 people have been through the program plus 2,100 through information sessions and 1 day workshops. Numbers continue to rise rapidly as more and more people hear about the red dust healing.

A proud Warramunga Man from within the Wiradjuri Nation. Tom was born and bred in a little town called Narromine in the Central West of NSW.
Tom finished school after year 10 and worked with his father in the family business of earthmoving and road construction. Tom’s father established this business in 1973. A mean feat for an Aboriginal man given the times. Tom and his brothers worked with him until his death in 1985. After his father’s passing Tom continued in the business purchasing his own grader in 1987. In 1994 Tom enrolled in a community welfare course at night at Dubbo TAFE. Tom feels he has had a fortunate upbringing and has always wanted to help his people especially the Aboriginal young people. Tom Spent 14yrs with the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice as a Aboriginal Programs Officer both in Taree and Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast of NSW. After leaving the Department Tom has been busy facilitating Red Dust Healing.

Has three traditional descendant backgrounds, his Aboriginality is the Townsville clan Bindol and Juru from the Burdekin region and Kunjun connection in Lockhart River, his Torres Strait Island family is from Erub(Darnley Island) and is a Kananka – Australian South Sea Islander with his connections in the communities from Ayr and Bowen. Randal has had a strong background working with government at local, state and federal levels in both Queensland and New South Wales. Much of his work has been related working with Indigenous youth and families in both states. Randal’s future aim is to develop programs about restoring Indigenous families particularly around men. Many of our Indigenous families are being headed by our strong Indigenous Women and Randal’s vision is to restore a vital cultural connection within the family by working with men. Randal Ross –

“Now is the time to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children’s to their fathers”

Spread Out & Stick Together

For all of you out there who are looking for positive ways to start the healing in your own Families and Communities, I strongly encourage you all to have a look at the Red Dust Healing Program, go to the link below.


Here also is a Conference Presentation link:

The principals of this program are based on Lateral Love, the absolute opposite of Lateral violence.

Spread Out and Stick Together

Randal Ross 0407 739 685 & Tom Powell 0419 489 275!

1 thought on “Red Dust Healing”

  1. Carol Zinha says:

    thanks for taking the time to discuss this, i feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. it is extremely helpful for me.

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