News and workshops
The latest news on the Healing the past by nurturing the future project:
- Healing the past by nurturing the future webpage at the Lowitja Institute [external link]
- Blog at International Childhood Trauma Conference (2018): Healing the past by nurturing the future [external link]
- On the 19th June, 2019 Associate Professor Cath Chamberlain was awarded the prestigious Cranlana Award for health research leadership and excellence [external link]
- On the 26 January, 2019 Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) [external link] for her services to the Indigenous community, to education and to mental health.
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We have hosted workshops across Australia to connect with communities and to further our research and project.
Healing the past by nurturing the future co-design workshop 1
Date: 28 March 2018
Summary: our first co-design workshop established strong foundations for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) communities (in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria). It helped with the creation of perinatal screening and support strategies for Aboriginal parents who have experienced complex trauma.
In this Aboriginal-led workshop, participants:
- met colleagues with similar interests
- discussed the evidence about complex trauma in the perinatal period
- explored key issues and concerns to refine program goals
- established strong governance structures and protocols for a culturally and emotionally safe environment for all involved with the project.
- shared information about community needs and context.
Healing the past by nurturing the future co-design workshop 2
Date: 11 September 2018
Location: Mercure Hotel, Alice Springs
In this second co-design workshop, we discussed:
- What broad domains should be included in assessment for Aboriginal parents experiencing complex trauma
- Results of discussions with Elders about supporting parents who are experiencing complex trauma and planning for discussion with Aboriginal parents
- Information about current initiatives to support Aboriginal parents experiencing complex trauma.
- How Aboriginal parents should be asked about complex trauma
Healing the past by nurturing the future co-design workshop 3
Date: 14th and 15th November, 2019
Location: Aborigines Advancement League, Thornbury
This workshop discussed findings from qualitative research with parents to co-design perinatal recognition, assessment, awareness and support strategies. It aimed to create research protocols for assessing psychometric properties, acceptability and feasibility.