Participants at last week’s fourth Social and Emotional Wellbeing Gathering (SEWB 4) in Larrakia Country (Darwin), focused on the importance of ‘Culture First’ and particularly its importance to healing.
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10 July 2022: The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Linda Burney MP, has described the Labor Government’s suicide prevention approach, saying it would focus on, “self-determination, respect for First Nations knowledge systems, restoration of culture and First Nations leadership of programs and services.”
On the 26-28 October representatives from community-controlled health organisations, traditional healer groups, policy and academia, psychologists and psychiatrists, came together in Fremantle and online to share Indigenous knowledges, challenge paradigms and change the way mental health and wellbeing support for Indigenous people is planned and delivered.
The Gathering was presented by the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing (TIMHWB) project, a groundbreaking research program based at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia.
Professor Pat Dudgeon, director of the TIMHWB project, said those attending the Gathering “have the cultural and practical
expertise to design empowering responses that will make a real difference in our people’s lives.
On Thursday 4 November 2021 Professor Pat Dudgeon took part in an IPAA ACT and Griffith Review virtual event on mental health awareness and its importance to the public sector.
The event included Dr Ashley Hay, Editor, Griffith Review, who facilitated an exploration of the importance of mental health challenges in a broad conversation. Others taking part alongside Pat in the distinguished panel, included Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, Secretary of The Treasury and IPAA ACT President and Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
The discussion covered psychological, psychiatric and economic dimensions of the mental health question in depth. The panel drew on its considerable personal and professional background to consider what has worked well and what needs improvement to meet our mental health challenges, and issued a hopeful call to action for the public sector and the wider citizenry to face and continue to develop its policies and approaches.