Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and boys have some of the worse health and social outcomes in Australia. One of the responses to this has been the emergence of specialist programs that target the health needs of Indigenous men and take an holistic approach that take into account the need for culturally safe practices.
This session ask what's already working and what does the future hold.
Jack Bulman, a Muthi Muthi man from South Western NSW who is CEO of Mibbinbah Spirit Healing. Jack's research explores what it means to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males to enrich culture, develop skills and strengthen pride in identity.
Damien Mick, chair of DIMS (Darwin Indigenous Men's Service) which offers culturally informed services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Darwin Region, Programs include Indigenous Family Violence and Prevention, Indigenous Men’s Healing and Strong Men Strong Communities Programs.
This conversation will explore new approaches to alcohol and other drugs work with Aboriginal men. We will consider the challenges and what works best for Aboriginal men across a variety of contexts nationally.
Steve Taylor, Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Scott Wilson, CEO, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council
Alex Lee, The Glen Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre
Matt Stubbs, Dooralong Transformation Centre
The wellbeing benefits participation in sport provides is well evidenced. However, the pressure of competing at an elite level brings its own challenges to an individual’s social and emotional wellbeing. This panel discussion will consider the highs and lows of professional engagement in sport and the role of culture in building resilience.
Joe Williams, “The Enemy Within”, former NRL football player and WBF world boxing champion
Dominic Barry, former AFL player
The cultural principles and practices that have sustained First Nations people for thousands of years continue to adapt and thrive, despite pressure and constant challenge. This conversation considers how a cultural framework is ‘lived out’ in fathering and leading men in urban and regional contexts.
Kyle Slabb, with Banaham & Jarulah
Kyle is Gundjingburra Bunjalung man who lives in Fingal Head, NSW and who’s involved in cultural education and leadership development.
Stuart McMinn, with Rheese Stuart is a cultural man from the Dharug and Gubbi Gubbi nations. He is the Practice Specialist for Aboriginal Services at Interrelate and Owner of Durrungan Cultural Immersions. Stuart’s passion is cultural education and facilitation.
Phill Pallas Of Greek, English, Irish, Scottish and Danish heritage, Phill has cultural connections and works with Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people in Central Australia. He is a social worker and lecturer at the University of Newcastle.
Spiritual dimensions of health are often neglected by mainstream services working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This panel discussion brings together leading voices on cultural healing frameworks at the cutting edge of integrating cultural healing practices in a variety of contexts.
Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)
Paul Callaghan, Callaghan Cultural Consultancy and author of “Iridescence”.