News and workshops


The latest news on the Healing the past by nurturing the future project:

Sign up to our quarterly newsletter to stay up to date with our latest news and workshops.




6 - 9 December 20219th SNAICC National Conference - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


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.

Download the workshop report [PDF 1.88MB]

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:

  1. What broad domains should be included in assessment for Aboriginal parents experiencing complex trauma
  2. Results of discussions with Elders about supporting parents who are experiencing complex trauma and planning for discussion with Aboriginal parents
  3. Information about current initiatives to support Aboriginal parents experiencing complex trauma.
  4. How Aboriginal parents should be asked about complex trauma

Download the program for the day [PDF 748KB] and the workshop report [PDF 4.76MB]

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.

Download the program for the day [PDF 360KB] and the workshop report [PDF 4.20MB]