The Australian Society for Medical Research Indigenous Health Public Forum is a community based event, for people who are interested in issues that influence the social and emotional wellbeing (including mental health) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The evening is an opportunity to hear presentations and discuss a range of important issues with expert indigenous researchers, advocates and community members. The presenters include:
- Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison is a Yuin elder from Narooma, who founded Culture is Life. This is an Indigenous Elders’ led campaign supporting and promoting community driven solutions to end Indigenous self harm and youth suicide, such as reconnecting youth to community, family and culture, to restore harmony, social and emotional wellbeing.
- Dr Maree Toombs is an indigenous woman who researches community based indigenous mental health programs, including suicide prevention, at the University of Queensland. Her work aims to improve the diagnosis of mental illness in Indigenous Australians by identifying a way to quantify the burden of mental illness among communities, in order to improve care specific to Indigenous Australians.
- Dr Marshall Watson is a descent of the Noongar peopleis and having completed his advanced training in both child and adolescent and forensic psychiatry, is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. His area of interest is juvenile offending in the context of complex trauma.
- Professor Charlotte deCrespigny works at The University of Adelaide School of Nursing. She has worked with Aboriginal communities and services for over 20 years in the drug and alcohol field as a clinician, educator and researcher. A major interest for Charlotte has been to improve practice, education and research, with a strong link to community.
The event will be chaired by Gerry Georgatos, co-editor of The Stringer Independent News, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, who is actively involved in suicide prevention research.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and have active discussions with this assembled panel and with other members of the community. Hope to see you there!
Dr Antonia Pritchard
Director, Indigenous Health and Community Advocacy