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Cultural Determinants of Health - Connection to Land and Country


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM AEST



About the webcast

Relationships to land and Country are complex and interrelated. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ laws and customs and ways of knowing and being in the world are intimately connected to the land and waters.

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples believe that ancestral beings created landscapes and geographic features, as well as human society and the languages and customs for living. These spirits remain in the landscape, the sky and the waters — their life-giving and sustaining powers still exist within each living thing to this day.

Connection to land and Country respects values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with that area and its features. It describes the entirety of ancestral domains. Connection to land and Country is therefore essential to the continued cultural survival of Indigenous Australians as well as their economic and social development.

Topics discussed will include:

  • qualitative research on Aboriginal peoples’ relationship to their traditional land
  • disciplines that illuminate an understanding of the significance of contact with the natural world
  • measures that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ to acquire, reclaim, and/or manage land, natural resources and waters, in a way that enhances social, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental wellbeing.
  • Governmental policies and practices that respect the right of First Nations peoples to self-determination and improvement of their social and economic conditions
  • cultural and intellectual property and heritage rights invested in traditional knowledge
  • recognising the continuing occupation and sovereignty of First Nations peoples

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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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