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Cultural Determinants of Health - A Framework for Cultural Determinants of Health


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM AEST



About the webcast

A Framework for Cultural Determinants of Health is the first in a 5-part webcast series on the cultural determinants of health. Our panel of experts will explore themes related to questions of strategy, governance, tools and capacity building. Panellists will review experiences with an eye to understanding practice, innovations, and encouraging frank debate on the connections between health and Indigenous culture.

Topics discussed will include: 

  • Historical truth telling
  • Current directions in CDoH theory
  • Pathways and mechanisms through which CDoH can influence health and wellbeing
  • Purpose of constructing a framework for the CDoH

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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.

Wes Morris, Coordinator, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC)
Wes Morris has been Coordinator [GM] of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre [KALACC] since March 2006. In this role Wes has for 14 years led a sustained and diversified agenda of building the evidence base around culture and wellbeing.

KALACC’s research partners include ANU – CAEPR, ANU – NCIS, ANU – NCIG, ANU – Social Sciences, AIATSIS, Uni Wollongong, Uni Melbourne, Monash, Murdoch, UWA, and Notre Dame. KALACC is represented on the Working Group to the Kimberley Suicide Prevention Trial by Wayne Barker and Merle Carter, and represented on the Steering Committee by Wes Morris. Each January Wes manages the logistics and finances of law and ceremony time in the Kimberley and also assists to document and record elements of these 60, 000 year old traditions.

Richard Weston
Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and has more than 25 years' experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Richard is a proven leader addressing the healing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and brings a depth of knowledge and understanding through both his lived and professional experience.Before moving to the Chief Executive Officer role at SNAICC, Richard was the CEO of The Healing Foundation for 9 years. He is a member of the National Health Leadership Forum and the Close the Gap Working Group and is an advisory committee member for the National Empowerment Project and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.

Dr Ngiare Brown, Founding Director Ngaora and Senior Aboriginal Medical Practitioner
Ngiare is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights. She was the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW, and is one of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia. Over the past two decades she has developed extensive national and international networks in Indigenous health and social justice, including engagement with the UN system.Ngiare is a founding member and was Foundation CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA); is a founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress (PRIDoC); and is Chair of the Health, Rights and Sovereignty committee of PRIDoC. Along with colleagues from Aotearoa, Hawaii, Canada and mainland US, she is also part of an emerging international network addressing cultural governance protocols, and the ethical and legal impacts of genomic research and Indigenous peoples.

Joanne Atkinson, Manager, Koori Courts
Joanne Atkinson is the manager of Koori Court, a diversionary and holistic option available to Aboriginal children and young people in the criminal jurisdiction. Joanne works alongside Elders to incorporate aspects of Aboriginal law into the Australian legal system is a very real and practical way.

Joanne works closely with the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership and was a driving force of the Symbols to Systems Framework, which aims to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural security in mainstream organisations.

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