Extended Leave Case Study

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Possible reasons for extended leave by an Indigenous person could result from ‘sorry business’. This is a term used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to refer to a death in the family or community and the funeral ceremonies and mourning process. Sorry business includes attending funerals, taking part in community mourning activities and may include travelling for extended periods or time or over vast distances (CSU 1999). Sorry business is extremely important for Indigenous people to participate in and support and care for family will take priority over professional or work commitments. As the director of a care service, management should be aware of possible cases of extended leave with Indigenous people. To avoid the issue happening
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