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Cultural Determinants of Health - Connection to Spirituality and Ancestors


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM AEST



About the webcast

Part of listening, learning and living in respectful relationship with one another involves seeking to understand Indigenous spirituality, which is fundamental to many Indigenous people’s identity and worldview.

Aboriginal cosmogony begins at the ‘Dreamtime’. Hidden in the sky, in the sea and under the surface of the Earth are dreamtime heroes, also called creation ancestors. The creation ancestors laid down not only the foundations of all life, but also what people had to do to maintain their part of this interdependence. Lore ensures that each person knows his or her connectedness and responsibilities for other people (their kin), for country (including watercourses, landforms, the species and the universe), and for their ongoing relationship with the ancestor spirits themselves.

A healthy respect for the power of spirit and ancestors is crucial for those working in the health and welfare space. Topics discussed in this webcast will include:

  • guiding principles for respecting cultural and spiritual identity
  • conditions for effective relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • effective engagement between governments and Indigenous communities
  • resources that support physical, personal and spiritual dementions of Aboriginal culture with past, present and future life

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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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