Bouverie Centre Research Report Launch

bouverie_std‘There are seven recommendations from the report to La Trobe and state and federal governments. This training program is closing the health and education gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,’ says Dr Kerry Proctor, Bouverie Centre Indigenous Team Leader.

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson* will launch this report along with Professor John Rosenberg* and Aunty Carolyn Briggs, a senior elder of the Boonerwrung people, will welcome us to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people.

In 2008 after extensive consultation with key Aboriginal communities, this landmark education program commenced in Shepparton, followed by training of post-Graduates in Ballarat/Geelong, Gippsland, Metro Melbourne, Mildura and currently in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

‘This research report addresses the impact of this breakthrough training program for graduates of the over the first three cohorts in Shepparton, Ballarat/Geelong and Gippsland.’ says Dr Proctor.

‘By December 2012, sixty-five students will have graduated from this training program. To date the training has achieved an 87 per cent completion and graduation rate. 

‘The 2011 graduates from this training program represented 50 per cent of La Trobe’s Indigenous postgraduate students and 14 per cent of postgraduate students Australia wide.’

Family Therapy is primarily a commitment to “Systemic Practice” involving a focus on relationships, process, context and meaning. 

‘The guiding values and principles of Family Therapy are entirely congruent with a holistic and culturally safe approach to Healing that is a ‘hand-in-glove’ fit for Aboriginal families,’ says Dr Proctor.

*Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman - Aboriginal Australian (from Central west Queensland) / Bundjalung (Northern New South Wales) woman, who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.  She holds a BA from the University of Canberra, and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University course, Program for Refugee Trauma - Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery.  Her primary academic and research focus has been in the area of violence, with its relational trauma, and healing or recovery for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. In 2006, while Head of the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University, she won the Carrick Neville Bonner Award for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.  In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlich Memorial award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University Program for Refugee Trauma. 

*Professor John Rosenberg is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Development and International at La Trobe University. He has a distinguished academic career and is renowned for his innovations in the teaching and research sectors. Professor Rosenberg is a highly sought-after partner within industry, government and community projects. Prior to his post at La Trobe University in 2009, Professor Rosenberg was at Deakin University where he was responsible for the internationalisation portfolio. 


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