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23 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Resilience, Persistence and Passion: A Story of a School Teacher and Her Journey through Medicine
On the show today Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Dr Casey Kalsi, an Indigenous GP who shares her journey of resilience after a significant motor vehicle accident put her on the path to her true calling. Along the way Casey experiences the highs and lows but shows she has the inner strength to keep going. There is something in her journey that we can all learn and grow from.Dr Casey Kalsi grew up in Brisbane and graduated medicine at the University of Queensland. Her diverse cultural background being Greek and Aboriginal allows her to relate well with people of all cultures and Dr Kalsi has a special interest in working with her mob to close the gap. Dr Kalsi was a school teacher before becoming a Doctor and believes education and health go hand in hand.
47 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Reconnecting to your innate wisdom with Wayapa Wuurrk
Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Jamie Marloo Thomas and Sara Jones, the Co-Creators & Directors of Wayapa Wuurrk. Wayapa is an internationally accredited and trademarked earth and mindfulness connection practice based on Indigenous wisdom, the very first of its kind. They chat about ways we can all reconnect to our innate wisdom and the great Mother by living in a mindful, sustainable and earth healing way.Wayapa Wuurrk Jamie is a proud GunaiKurnai man and Maara descendant and Sara is a Canadian Welsh Australian. In 2014, Jamie, and Sara, created Wayapa Wuurrk® (which translates to Connect to Earth), an internationally-accredited and trademarked Earth Mindfulness Connection Practice. Based on Indigenous wisdom of living in harmony with the environment, Wayapa combines ancient earth mindfulness, storytelling and embodiment meditation to create Earth Mind Body Spirit Well-being. Jamie & Sara have shared Wayapa with thousands of people in Australia and around the world. They have also trained over 130 Wayapa Practitioners to help them deliver Wayapa Workshops to a wide variety of audiences including child care centres and schools, government departments, corporate organisations, the prison system, community groups and the health care sector. Jamie is a regular speaker at conferences and events and has also recently become a published co-author with Sara, contributing a chapter in “Silver Linings”, a book about uplifting stories coming out of the global COVID-19 pandemic and “Being Fine, the other F Word” a book about mens mental health. Jamie and Sara are passionate about helping people tap into their ancestral knowledge to create purpose, belonging and intergenerational well-being for a healthier, more connected planet.https://wayapa.com/https://wayapa.com/workshops/https://wayapa.com/online-course/
48 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
From Coal Mining to Medicine with Professor Peter O'Mara
Dr Danielle Arabena yarns with Professor Peter O'Mara about his journey into medicine, his work as the president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), his connection with spirituality and his special relationship with the Ngangkari. They also discuss the impact of racism on the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, how they experience in-health care and how this can cause potential barriers to accessing healthcare.Professor Peter O'Mara was President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) from 2009-2013. Peter was elected Chair of RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in 2016 and is a Wiradjuri man from NSW. Peter did not take the conventional road to medicine and had established a career in the Hunter Valley coal mines before becoming a doctor and completed his medical degree from the University of Newcastle in 1999. He became a Fellow of the RACGP in 2003 and obtained his Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice/Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice in 2007. In 2008 Peter pursued his other passion - making good doctors - and took on the position of Associate Professor of Indigenous medical education and head of the discipline of Indigenous Health at the University of Newcastle. He then took the position of Professor in August 2020.
39 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Indigenous food sovereignty and security with Indigenous Dietitian Tracy Hardy
On the show today we chat with Gamilaroi woman, Tracy Hardy, a dietitian, nutritionist and founder of Wattleseed Nutrition. Tracy talks about food insecurity amongst Indigenous communities, traditional food sovereignty and ways of nourishing our Aboriginal and Torres strait islander peoples with supportive nutrition. WE also learn that Joseph Banks was our first bio pirate - learn about this and so much more on todays episode.Bio:Tracy is a Gamilaroi woman, an Accredited Practising Dietitian/Nutritionist and founder of Wattleseed Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing. Wattleseed Nutrition is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Tracy is also an accredited Wayapa® practitioner. Wayapa® is an earth connection practice that is based on ancient Indigenous wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth as the starting point for creating Earth Mind Body Spirit well-being. Tracy is one of the very few dietitians who identifies as a First Nations Person of Australia. She takes a personalised, holistic and, culturally-centred approach to food, food environments, meal patterns, eating habits, health and wellbeing She truly believes in the strength and healing power of understanding and sustaining our connections to traditional foods, lands, and cultural practices. Tracy believes through sharing knowledge we foster understanding and grow stronger in self, mind, body and spirit wellbeing.https://www.wattleseednutrition.com/Instagram: @wattleseednutritionBooks mentioned: 'Dark Emu' by Bruce PasoeChristmas edition of The Yarn with Tracy's recipes: https://29ftl72q3eoaxe6vbjy8gh1a-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Yarn-Oct-Dec-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3PcPj5pILw7NoaQjOgqS0Hq1T6_WkFviSXHGpa6NihhTFrZJaLma7l6so
27 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Confronting my White Privilege with Danique Hanson
On the show today we chat with, Danique Hanson a yoga teacher, social media influencer and Lululemon Ambassador. Danique talks about how covid lockdown and world events saw her confronting her white privilege while actively educating herself on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, racial barriers of access in the Wellness industry and using her social media platform to speak out against racial injustice.Bio:Danique is a Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Influencer and a passionate Ally who continues to use her social media platform and influence in the Wellness Industry to highlight racial injustice and amplify the First Nations voices.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship:She is running Yoga Teacher Training with Elements studio in 2021 and they’re offering a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship More info: https://elements-studio.com.au/yoga-teacher-training/ Fill out the application for the 200hr Teacher Training and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship. Or if you're interested in attending Yoga classes, Elements Studio are also offering a discounted membership price for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community - please email Esther to arrange this as well.Danique’s website https://www.daniquehanson.comDanique’s Instagram @daniquehanson_Books mentioned: 'Me and White Supremacy' by Layla Saad & 'Dark Emu' by Bruce PasoeMust follow instagrams:@ABCINDIGENOUS@LOLAAOLIVIA@IAM_DEADLY_FELICIAFOXX@DARTHEM123@COFFINBIRTH@_ENTERTHEDRAGON_@NUNGALACREATIVE@ALLIRA.POTTER@CLOTHINGTHEGAP@LIFEOFRUBII@TAYLAH_GRAY_@BALALUKE
36 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
History and Culture of Torres Strait Islands with Cecelia Wright
On the show today we talk to Cecelia Wright, a leading multicultural trainer, communicator and champion for indigenous education and inclusion. Cecelia is the founder of Cultural inclusions. Today we yarn about the History and culture of Torres Strait Islands and Cecelia shares a Torres Strait islander story AND teaches me how to sing head, shoulders, knees and toes in Torres Strait Creole!Bio:Cecelia is a leading multicultural trainer, communicator and champion for indigenous education and inclusion. Originally from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Cecelia has extensive experience embedding Cultural practices and inclusive practices in the Early Childhood Sector.www.culturalinclusions.com.au/about-us/Woven Mats: https://www.culturalinclusions.com.au/product/coconut-woven-place-mats/Cooking and Weaving Book: https://www.culturalinclusions.com.au/product/traditional-torres-strait-island-cooking-book-palm-fronds-pastimes-weaving-book/Torres Strait Island Regional Council: History of the Torres Strait Islandshttp://www.tsirc.qld.gov.au/our-communities/torres-strait-historyYouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4NTepAA2spMELrOGl_Sa2QInstagram: @culturalinclusions
30 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Birthing on Country with Jame Telfer
On the show today we talk to Jame Telfer, a proud First nations woman and founder of essential oil wellness brand, Earth Blended. Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at 18, Jame was told she was infertile, at the age of 20 she gave birth to her first of four children. Jame's story through the births of her children starts with trauma of an emergency caesarian through to a empowering and healing VBAC birth on Country. Along this journey Jame comes to realise how this birth is healing for not only her but the women of her lineage.Bio:Jame Telfer is a proud Gumbaynggirr Nyami (woman), mother of three and founder of essential oil brand, Earth Blended. Jame wants to share her offerings in the wellness space through traditional and alternative options for her mob’s wellbeing. Jame is reclaiming a space that her ancestors created, through a mix of traditional and alternative essential oil blends.https://earthblended.com/Instagram: @earth.blended
34 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Decolonising Maternal Healthcare with First Nations Midwife Angela Coe
On the show today we're talking to Angela Coe, a First Nations midwife, about her desires to decolonise maternal healthcare.Angela Coe is a Wiradjuri woman and First Nations midwife in the Sydney area. She has worked extensively as an Aboriginal primary healthcare worker, an Aboriginal child protection caseworker and a midwife. Angela has helped guide countless Indigenous women through their birth journey.Instagram: @BirthingourwayMentioned articles:Sister Cherisse Buzzacott:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/18/i-said-im-in-labour-but-no-one-listened-i-had-to-be-my-own-midwife-my-own-voiceGrowing Deadly Families:https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/932880/Growing-Deadly-Families-Strategy.pdfCassie Nest:https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2020/05/05/mob-mob-midwives-making-difference-our-mums-and-bubs
18 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Ear health with Associate Professor Kelvin Kong
On the show today we chat with Associate professor Kelvin Kong. Kelvin is an ENT surgeon, a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.Bio:Dr Kelvin Kong, from the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Medicine and Public Health, is an otolaryngology, head and neck surgeon and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). He explains that hearing loss, often caused by Otitis Media (middle ear disease), significantly contributes to poor educational outcomes for children and higher unemployment rates in adults as a result. Determined to change the statistics, Dr Kong has dedicated his career to early intervention.Little Mike Ear Health Rap for Kids:https://vimeo.com/104575738Otitis Media Guidelines App:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.otitismediaguidelines.guidelines&hl=enhttps://apps.apple.com/au/app/otitis-media-guidelines/id1498170123Book references:Courageous conversations about race – Glen E SingletonWhite fragility - Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
19 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Colombia to Toowoomba - Dr José Fernandez's journey into Indigenous health
On the show today we chat with José Fernandez, a Colombian registrar working at Toowoomba’s Carbal Medical centre. José shares his experiences with discovering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, working in Indigenous health, palliative care and universal spirituality.
24 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Transcending corporate life with Kylie Fox
Today on the show we are joined by Kylie Fox, a non-Indigenous woman who has transitioned from the harsh corporate world of communications and marketing to writing passionately about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well being.Bio:“I am a writer passionate about delivering engaging content on holistic health, wellness, mindfulness and eco-friendly sustainable living. I love working with clients who aim to inspire, educate or create positive change.I was given an incredible opportunity by General Practice Training Queensland to research and write a series Indigenous Health In-Practice Guides for GP Registrars delving into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic wellbeing and health, culture, spirituality, traditional lore, kinship and connection to and caring for country. My journey into one of the oldest living cultures on earth has sparked a heartfelt passion to continue contributing to and working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing and health.”
36 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Elder Wisdoms on environmental health with Uncle Wayne Fossey
On the show today we have the endlessly knowledgeable Uncle Wayne Fossey. Uncle Wayne is a fierce advocate for Indigenous land rights, environmental health and sustainable living. He shares some uplifting, informative and, at times, confronting stories. Don’t miss this opportunity to absorb these Elder wisdoms; I hope you enjoy the show.Bio:"I was born in Nambour and raised on the banks of the Petrie creek in a tin shed with a dirt floor. My father was a soldier who returned from WWII and married a local girl. Life growing up was a happy one. My grandfather on my dad’s side, was a fella born near Raglan, he was taken by a white fella and put on board a ship. He ended up wandering the west in places like Roma, Cunnamulla and Charleville. He fitted in and survived working odd jobs.Growing up education was an important part of my life and I was successful in a scholarship and went on to study at University at a young age. I became a teacher at first and then went further on to be a subject master, deputy principal and then principal. I later took time off from work to conduct research into historical records and was a part of various research projects, such as the outer lesson suicide of female Indigenous girls around the world in places like Hawaii, Canada, Belgium and France. My education has allowed me to educate others."
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Pioneering Indigenous health with Aunty Dr Mary Martin and Dr John Buckley
Dr Danielle yarns with Dr John Buckley and Aunty Dr Mary Martin about their long standing and pioneering professional relationship in the landscape of cultural and medical education. Please enjoy this touching episodeDr John Buckley is a passionate GP and educator. He wants to instil an energy in future GPs to do great work with continual vigour.With over 35 years of experience in the health industry, Mary Martin’s career began in the early '70s as a nurse at the Mater Hospital. Over the years she has served on multiple boards and committees and was instrumental in the establishment of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, where she still works today.Mary Martin was recently awarded a Member of the Order of Australian (AM) in recognition of her dedication and significant contribution to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
39 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Indigenous Bush Medicine with Quandamooka man Matthew Burns
On the show today we yarn with Indigenous cultural tour guide, Matthew Burns, about bush medicine, traditional hunting techniques and growing up on the beautiful and sacred Island of Minjerribah also known as North Stradbroke Island.Bio:Matthew Burns is a Quandamooka man and Traditional Owner of Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island. He has been dancing and sharing traditional stories and knowledge for over 20 years. Matthew talks about the significance of song and dance, artefacts, bush tucker, art and culture to his people.For more information about Matthew’s tours please visit:https://www.stradbrokeferries.com.au/tours-attractions/activities/goompi-trail
39 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Decolonisation on an individual level, sacred spirituality and Murdering Creek with artist Dr Bianca Beetson
Today on the show we are joined by artist Dr Bianca Beetson (Director Indigenous Research at Griffith University). We discuss her impressive and moving work, unpacking the human experience, decolonisation on an individual level and sacred spirituality.Bio:Bianca Beetson is a Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) Wiradjuri (NSW) woman, Born in Roma Western Qld. Studied a Bachelor of Arts Visual arts at the Qld University of Technology from 1993 -95, Completed her Honours 1998 and Doctor of Visual Arts in 2018. Bianca’s is a visual artist who works in a broad range of media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and public art.Work:http://biancabeetson.blogspot.com/Exploring the value of acoustic ecology with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison:http://www.listeningtocountry.com/#:~:text=The%20aim%20of%20%E2%80%98Listening%20to%20Country%E2%80%99%20is%20to,through%20sound%2C%20between%20human%20beings%20and%20their%20environment.Murdering Creek Visual References:https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/murderingcreek?epa=HASHTAGABC Story paralleling Bianca’s experience in Murdering Creek:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-12/lake-weyba-visitors-report-spooky-lights-humming-noises/12271554
68 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Historical insights into Racism in Australia with Aboriginal Elder Colin Jones
Cultural insight by Uncle Colin Jones. Part of Dr Danielle's work as a Cultural Educator and Medical Educator is to run Cultural Immersions for Doctors. This episode is the audio from one such Cultural Immersion for GP registrars at Bunya Mountains. Uncle Colin is a highly educated man, who has lectured all around the world, including the Royal Society of London. He is an inspiring presenter who changes the lives of the Doctors who attend his lectures and he gave us permission to film this so we can share it here. Uncle Colin provides a fascinating historical insight in to racism in Australia under colonisation and this should be required listening for all Australians into the origins and mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
53 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Unconscious bias, cultural safety and racism in health: How we heal a broken system with Professor Gregory Phillips
On the show today we talk to Professor Gregory Phillips, a change-maker, thought-leader and medical anthropologist. We spoke about issues such as cultural safety, Indigenous health equality, western medical science and the importance of working in an Indigenous knowledge basis.Bio:Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist, with thirty years’ experience in leading change in cultural safety, healing and decolonisation. Gregory is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, is a Professor of First People’s Health, and serves on several boards and committees, including chairing the Ebony Institute, the Cathy Freeman Foundation and AHPRA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health strategy group.Links:ABSTARR Consulting: http://abstarr.com/Find Gregory on LinkedIn here.
64 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Special Edition: Coronavirus - Covid-19 and its impacts on Indigenous Australian's and their communities
35 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
The evolution of cross cultural education in medicine with Henry Neill
Dr Danielle yarns with Henry Neill, a cultural educator with James Cook University General Practice Training. They discuss cross-cultural education and how it has evolved from the tick-a-box mentality to the integrative health model we see today. More about Henry Neill:Henry Neill proudly identifies as an Indigenous Australian South Sea Islander with Torres Strait Islander heritage and very close connection to a number of Northern Peninsula Aboriginal Community Clans. He is also closely associated to Central and South East QLD clans.He has an Education background with experience in Teaching at Early childhood, Primary and Secondary Education levels.Educational Administration experience saw Henry being the first full time Executive Officer and then first Full-time Chairman of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Consultative Committee, which provided advice to the Director General and the Minister of Education in Queensland.He also has had a number of years being involved in Teaching and Tutoring at a University level. For a time he was the Indigenous Employment Coordinator at the University of the Sunshine Coast.He regularly provides Guest Lectures to Undergraduate and post Graduate students in Education, Health, Journalism, Social Science, Human Services and Public Health.Henry has written a number of Cross Cultural Communication programs for Commonwealth Departments and has provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Training for many Government and non-Government Organisations.Henry has found a niche in Health by accident.On the Sunshine Coast he has worked with Focus Health Network CTG, Medicare Local CTG and most recently was the Cultural Lead for the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.Currently he is the Cultural Educator with James Cook University General Practice Training, College of Medicine and DentistryJames Cook University.His passions are Family, Community Development and working within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Education environment.
48 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
Life as an Indigenous Elder and the changing landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare
Dr Danielle Arabena is joined by Aboriginal Elders, Uncle Colin Jones, Aunty Helen Kruger, Uncle Peter Reynolds for a discussion around life as an Indigenous elder and the changing landscape of Aboriginal health care.Together they explore:What is an Elder and what makes you an ElderThe changing landscape in healthWhat the apology meant to themWhat pressures and challenges they are experiencing within their communities
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