Working With Survivors and Offenders of Domestic and Family Violence

Indigenous Spirituality As A Theoretical Approach: Working With Survivors and Offenders of Domestic and Family Violence in community. Joseph Oui Royal Flying Doctors Service Queensland In one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence and one women is killed weekly in Australia. The yearly cost of domestic and family violence in Australia in 2008-09 was estimated at 13.6 billion (DVRCV). Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be …

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More Indigenous psychologists needed to address gaps in mental health

In September, the Australian Psychology Society (APS) issued a monumental apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. It was a formal acknowledgment of psychology’s role in their mistreatment, corrosion of culture and loss of identity. “The Apology is an important move in redressing past wrongs, either acts of commission or acts of omission by our discipline and profession,” APS Professor Michael Kyrios and Director, Research School of Psychology says. …

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Sharon Pech, ABS to speak on Indigenous mental health

Indigenous mental health: We are pleased to announce Sharon Pech as a Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference to be held in just ten days time 10-12 August 2016. Sharon Pech is Assistant Director, National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Sharon will present on ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with a Mental Health Condition’ in the Indigenous Wellbeing stream. The …

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Suicide prevention for Indigenous Australians

Suicide prevention: A coalition of Indigenous organisations have joined together to call for a royal commission into the devastating rates of Indigenous suicide across Australia. Figures released last month in the Medical Journal of Australia estimate that 5.2 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will take their own life as reported by Bridgette Brennan. Dameyon Bonson, an Aboriginal mental health advocate among those calling for the commission, …

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Harry Lovelock from Australian Psychological Society to present on forced adoption

Harry Lovelock, Senior Executive Manager at the Australian Psychological Society will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Abstract Title: Forced adoption and the ripple effect Abstract: The forced removal of children was the subject of a Prime Ministerial Apology in 2012 with state government apologies following thereafter. The mothers, fathers and children who were impacted by these practices have faced multiple systemic barriers …

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Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north

Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north By Lesley Barclay and Tricia Nagel, Menzies School of Health Research Aboriginal people living in remote communities have much worse health status and longevity than other Australians. And this imbalance will not be remedied until governments work with Aboriginal leaders and communities to address inequalities in education, economic opportunities, and housing. Offering Australians at most risk of bad physical and …

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