2019

Centre for Remote Health

NAIDOC Week celebrations around the Territory
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s NAIDOC theme was ‘Voice Treaty Truth – Lets work together for a shared future’, which was celebrated by Flinders NT staff and students at several locations around the Territory.

Casuarina Campus in Darwin hosted a special presentation by Mr Don Christophersen about the history of NAIDOC. Mr Christophersen is a local Darwin man with family connections through North Western Arnhem Land and Kakadu, and who has worked with various government agencies and private enterprise throughout the NT over the last 40 years. The day was celebrated with a BBQ luncheon for staff, students and guests and with a wonderful group of local singers.

New guidelines for self-harm and suicide assessmentTwo of Flinders University’s academics have collaborated to help develop Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (the Guidelines). Tanja Hirvonen and Professor Tim Carey were part of the Research Team who developed the Guidelines.

The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), commissioned by the Centre for Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) have developed evidenced-based Guidelines for best practice psychosocial assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presenting to hospital with self-harm and suicidal thoughts (the Guidelines) to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people presenting with suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health CareDo you know people who work in primary health care who deserve recognition for what they do? Nominations for the 2019 Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care are closing on 13 September 2019.

These awards recognise excellence in people who have contributed significantly to the provision of primary health care in the Northern Territory.

You can nominate an outstanding individual, a team, or a whole practice/health service for their contributions to improving health outcomes here in the NT.

Submit a nomination today

Professor Tim CareyFlinders NT extends farewell to Professor Tim Carey, Director of the Centre for Remote Health, who completed his duties with Flinders University on 8 August 2019.

Tim’s first role at the Centre for Remote Health was as the Mental Health Academic before he became the Director in 2014.

Prior to undertaking studies in psychology Tim worked in schools as a preschool teacher then a special education teacher and, finally, a behaviour management specialist. His PhD research topic was countercontrol and he investigated the extent to which 10 to 12 year old school children in a variety of schools reported countercontroling their teachers.

Between 2002 and 2007 he worked in the National Health Service in Scotland as a clinical psychologist in the area of adult primary care. In that time he developed and began evaluating an approach to psychotherapy called the Method of Levels which is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). Tim is interested in the change process in psychotherapy and has used qualitative methodologies to investigate this process. He also completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of St Andrews while he was working in Scotland and has since completed a postgraduate certificate of biostatistics.

Alice SpringsThe Centre for Remote Health is hosting international experts in Indigenous health in a suite of events designed to empower participants to build health in the Northern Territory.

Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy are returning to Australia to deliver workshops and events from 19 to 23 August, building on their very popular presentations last year at the ‘Culture is Medicine‘ seminar and ‘Practices for Bringing Culture into Mental Health Care’ workshop at the Centre for Remote Health.

Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona is a physician, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist and geriatrician affiliated with the University of New England College of Medicine in Maine, USA. Of North American indigenous origins, he is focused on traditional North American healing and healers, including their efficacy for mental and physical illnesses, approach to work, role in managing diabetes, role in preventing domestic violence and their relationships with family medicine.

Barbara Mainguy MA is a psychotherapist with strong roots in Indigenous cultures, working with Wabanaki Health and Wellness, an urban NGO that provides services to Aboriginal people off-reserve. She has also consulted to Aboriginal nations in Australia about bringing their own culture into their health care.

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