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Cultural Determinants of Health - Connection to Family, Kinship and Community


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM AEST



About the webcast

In Western societies the structures of social interaction and roles and obligations change as individuals move out from the immediate family circle to the wider society. In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, the family structures and the sets of rights and obligations underlying them are extended to the whole society.

Family, kinship and community are cohesive forces that bind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together. It is the kinship ties which determine a person's rights, responsibilities and behaviour – the basis of all social interaction. Topics discussed in this webcast include:

  • Aboriginal social structures and how these are different to Western societies
  • Aboriginal kinship systems and how they operate
  • Whole identity relationships and bonds across Nations and Clans
  • Family structures and the sets of rights and obligations underlying them
  • Potential conflict in working with people from differing cultural backgrounds
  • Cultural load and leadership in the community

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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.

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