Cultural Determinants of Health Webcast 1 - Cultural Reset with Wayapa


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What Time?

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM AEDT



Please note that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, A Framework for Action will now be held on Tuesday 5 May 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm. Please change the date in your calendar.

About the webcast

In this time of uncertainty, re-anchor yourself to work with the ebb and flow of waves, of nature, of life. Deepen your connection to our shared Mother in a live (not available later) start to our Cultural Determinants of Health Webcast Series

Professor Kerry Arabena and Wayapa Wuurk practitioner Alana Marsh will introduce you to the Indigenous mindfulness exercise and earth connection practice, Wayapa. The word “Wayapa” translates to “Connection” and the modality draws upon physical movement, storytelling and Earth-based meditation to catalyse an embodied connection to the Earth. 

Following an introduction to the practice, Alana will guide you through the 14 elements of Wayapa, an energising movement sequence that is suitable for all abilities. You will then be invited to ask Alana and Kerry questions as part of a Q&A. 

What to Expect

Drawing on wisdom and the strengths of First Nations, Wayapa is a holistic and beautiful way of settling and empowering self as we navigate through unchartered waters. Wayapa recognises our ability to thrive physically, socially, emotionally, culturally, economically, psychologically...and it encourages us to be better stewards of the Earth. 

2:00pm - 2:10pm | Introduction to Wayapa
2:10pm - 3:10pm | The 14 Elements of Wayapa
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Q&A with Kerry and Alana

Please wear comfortable clothing for performing the exercises. 

Registering for Cultural Reset with Wayapa

If you are registered for Webcast 1: A Framework for Action you will automatically be registered for the Wayapa session. If you have not yet registered, complete the registration form now to receive a confirmation email with the link to join online. 

Please note that unlike the other webcasts in this series, the Wayapa session won’t be made available for on-demand view. This session will be live only. 

This Wayapa session comes at no cost. It is a free gift to you from our Centre Partners, Karabena Consultancy, Alalouie and Wayapa Wuurk. It will not be in place of other webcasts in the series, which will continue when it’s safer to travel.

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Professor Kerry Arabena, Managing Director, Karabena Consulting, Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne
A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.Kerry has recently developed a cultural determinants of health framework with a view to building practical and applicable solutions into the next iteration of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan.

Alana Marsh – Practitioner, Wayapa Wuurk & Alalouie
Alana Marsh was born on the banks of the Johnstone River, in the Innisfail Hospital. She has called Wurundjeri country in Melbourne home for the last 15 years. She has been sharing Wayapa since November 2016, a modality that places reciprocity with the Earth as the starting point for the mind, body, spirit wellness and draws on Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing.
Hailing from Torres Strait, Papuan and Gaelic stock, Alana understands herself (and you) as being Indigenous to the planet.

We hope you can join us and we apologise for delaying A Framework for Action. We hope you understand that the safety of our panellists is paramount. We trust that you are staying safe and healthy and we look forward to sharing more news about the webcast series. 

Please use the time at home to time to catch up on our Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series.

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