Promoting Indigenous child health and wellbeing: "Get a piece of paper honey, no-one can take that away from you"

Promoting Indigenous child health and wellbeing: "Get a piece of paper honey, no-one can take that away from you"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:00

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This webinar focussed on effective strategies to promote Indigenous child health and wellbeing.

The presenters provided an overview of Indigenous understandings of child health within the context of community, and discussed strengths-based, holistic and family-focussed approaches and strategies for promoting child safety within this framework.
Examples of effective family therapy programs were used to demonstrate the application of these approaches in practice, and the importance of positive leadership underpinning these strategies was emphasised.

About the presenters

Professor Kerry Arabena is a social worker with a PhD in Human Ecology. She is a Torres Strait Islander and current Chair for Indigenous Health and Head of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Arabena has an extensive background in sexual and reproductive health, remote area health service administration and community engagement. Her current research work focuses on achieving equity outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised populations and strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Dr Catherine Chamberlain is a Research Fellow at Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, University of Melbourne, and registered midwife with public health training.

Catherine, a descendant of the Trawlwoolway people in North East Tasmania, has over 25 years’ experience in maternity services in Australia (including remote areas) and overseas. Her research interests include evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, program evaluation, research translation, and mixed methods collaborative research.

Dr Kerry Proctor is Program Manager of the Indigenous Program at the Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University.

Kerry has over thirty years’ experience in Community mental health clinical practice, teaching, supervision of family therapy and mental health workers, and HDR students. Her team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous family therapists, trainers and researchers are delivering family therapy programs to Indigenous child, health and family workers in urban and regional Victoria, and on the Cape York Peninsula.

Ms Robyne Latham is a lecturer, researcher, convener, group facilitator, and a nationally recognised artist.

Robyne, a Yamatji woman, has worked in academia over 25 years. She has worked in Health Sciences (La Trobe University), Fine Arts (Co-Ordinator, Curtin Uni, and Deakin University), and Research (the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society and Bouverie Family Therapy Centre). Robyne’s artwork is collected both nationally and internationally. Her current installation, ‘Empty Coolamons: a Memoriam to the Stolen Generations,’ is on exhibition at Bunjilaka at the Melbourne Museum until April 2015.