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Replanting the Birthing Trees: Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families during the child’s first year Members login for free access About RACGP online events


Type: Webinar
2 May, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)


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Replanting the Birthing Trees: Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families during the child’s first year

Webinar 2 May, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)

The first year of life is a significant time for babies as they bond with parents, caregivers and other important people in their lives. The parent–child relationship is a key influence on a child's social and emotional wellbeing, and parents want their children to thrive. However, sometimes environmental, family or personal circumstances can disrupt the parent's ability to be the kind of parent that they want to be.

Based on a case study and informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of ‘being, knowing and doing’, this webinar will explore the practice skills required to effectively work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families during the child’s first year.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss approaches to offer choice and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents during the child’s first year
  2. Develop strategies that enable collaboration across a range of clinical and non-clinical options to provide person-centered, flexible and tailored support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents.
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 Cath Chamberlain
Professor of Indigenous Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Professor Catherine Chamberlain is descended from the Trawlwoolway people of Tasmania (Palawa), and a registered midwife and public health researcher. Professor Chamberlain draws on over 25 years experience in the health sector to facilitate collaborative solutions to complex health issues by applying expertise and evidence to specific contexts and needs of all stakeholders. Cath is a lead investigator on the Replanting the Birthing Trees project.

Shirley Young

Shirley Young is an Aboriginal woman descending from the Nukunu people in South Australia. She is the proud mother of two children and the Director of Two Worlds Consultancy and co-director of Endless Eden. She has worked in various Public Service organisations over a span of 24 years in portfolios such as Health, Child Protection and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. For the last five years she has been running a private practice called Two Worlds Consultancy that contracts services for reunification, provides therapeutic support to children in Out of Home Care, providing supervision to staff in government and non-government organisations, contracting services to the NDIS sector, delivering corporate training and development packages, and lecturing to university Social Work students on a variety of topics.

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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