Supporting Aboriginal parents and families who use substances and alcohol


Held on Wednesday,14 July 2021

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PM AEST



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About the Webinar

The fourth Jumbunna session for 2020 – 2021 will explore how to support Aboriginal families who misuse substances and alcohol. Jumbunna Sessions focus on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, families and communities, which is underpinned by the First 2000 Days Framework (NSW Health, 2019).

The Jumbunna webcast will highlight motivating and preventable conversations that utilise a strength-based approach which supports and places culture at the centre as a protective factor.

The presentations will explore the Aboriginal specific resources available along with methods on how to support families to respectfully navigate early interventions. In addition, the webcast will acknowledge and address the interrelated risk factors which pose a correlation between substance and alcohol use when working with families.

• Recognise the importance of engaging, assessing and supporting parents who may misuse harmful substance and/or consume alcohol
• Understand when and know how to manage referrals to child protection and early intervention services to support a safe family environment
• Be able to respond to a parent/family who may misuse substances and or use alcohol in a culturally sensitive, non-judgemental and strength-based manner

To support parents and families we need to foster stronger connections to identity, culture and country. In order to build a strong mind, body and spirit for parents and communities there is a need to highlight and nurture a sense of self-esteem, resilience capabilities and build on the positives as opposed to deficits which will in turn improve outcomes across the determinants of health.

Please join this engaging, interactive and uplifting webcast that will encourage critical thinking, reflection and offer a discovery of new approaches to Aboriginal health care, midwifery, child health and nursing care.

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About the Presenters

Kate Conigrave

Kate is an addiction medicine and public health physician. She cares for patients with alcohol and other drug problems at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and at the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern. Kate has worked in partnership with Aboriginal agencies and health professionals for over 15 years. She is joint director of the Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Health and Alcohol. Kate chaired the committee that recently revised the Australian drinking guidelines. Kate has received the Senior Scientist award from the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

Marilyn Richardson

Marilyn is a proud ‘Kamilaroi’ born woman with a strong heritage from the Boggabilla area of NSW. Marilyn has lived and worked in her local Aboriginal community, Redfern and Sydney inner west for 40 years.

Marilyn is an Aboriginal MERIT clinician in Drug Health Services at RPA and Canterbury Hospitals. Which includes local court duties, clinical and cultural support. Marilyn also facilitates an Aboriginal women’s group at RPAH drug health. It’s a drop-in group which coincides with morning dosing. It’s a place where the women can have a cuppa, relax with art and craft whilst getting wholistic support. Marilyn is the RPA drug health smoking cessation counsellor and a SMART group facilitator. Marilyn has also worked in the Aboriginal chronic care program and the HARP health promotion team.

Peter Rogers

Peter is the Program Manager, Prevention and Harm Minimisation, Centre for Alcohol and other Drugs, NSW Ministry of Health.

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