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Type: Webinar
25 Jul, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)


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Our Woven Ways: Supporting goal setting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents

Webinar 25 Jul, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)

Continuing on with the case study explored in the third webinar of this series, Our Woven Ways: Uncovering the worries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, this webinar will examine ways to support goal setting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents through culturally safe practice.

The practice skills in this demonstration show how professionals can become interested in the stories of hope and resilience in the stories of parents, which help to build confidence and motivation. These skills build trust and collaboration and help parents to describe their plans to make change in ways that will support their child’s social and emotional wellbeing.

In meaningful goal setting, GPs can listen to the ideas and know-how of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents as a basis for making change. This supports the assumption that parents come with histories of doing their best for their children and that they are capable of setting and reaching goals which best support their children. It also ensures that mainstream practice avoids culturally biased or prejudiced practice.


Learning outcomes

  1. Identify parents’ motivators for change, including strengths, skills, other people, hopes and dreams that parents have for their children
  2. Review parents’ histories of goal setting in ways that have supported their child
  3. Connect parents’ goals with their personal values and their hopes for their child
Educational Activities

This event is part of Emerging Minds webinar series 2024. Events in this series are:


Dana Shen
Director, DS Consulting

Dana is Aboriginal/Chinese and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia and has a passion for working with Aboriginal people and communities. Dana has over 20 years’ experience working across the public and not for profit sectors in the areas of health, families and child protection. Through her consultancy work, Dana specialises in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, social services and those with lived experience to create change and improve services.


Prof Tricia Nagel
Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of Wellbeing Preventable and Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research

Professor Nagel has 30 years’ experience in the Northern Territory as clinician, educator, researcher and leader of the Stay Strong program including the Aboriginal and Islander Mental health initiative (AIMhi). A collaboration with First Nations communities, service providers and researchers, the Stay Strong program promotes social and emotional wellbeing and mental health through codesign and evaluation of innovative cross cultural resources.

Dr Helen Milroy
MB BS CertChildPsych W.Aust., FRANZCP

Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, but was born and educated in Perth. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, she studied Medicine at the UWA, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at Princess Margaret Hospital for children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. Helen is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission.

Dr Tim Jones

Dr Tim Jones is a GP with an interest in child and infant health. He is passionate about supporting parents and families in a holistic manner. His clinical areas of interest include infant feeding and settling support, primary care led childhood learning and behavioural assistance, and eating disorder management. Tim works at Glebe Hill Family Practice Hobart, as a senior medical educator with the RACGP and provides developmental and behavioural services for the Tasmanian Health Service.

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