Kath Martin and Tanja Hirvonen from the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs were invited to present at the Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Forum (formerly known as Tooleybuc) held in Moama, New South Wales in August. The forum is held to develop relationships, partnerships and also for learning around SEWB and what is working for the workers in the Loddon Mallee Region.
Kath delivered a presentation around traditional medicine and the work that she has been doing with cultural immersion for the health professionals wanting to work in remote Australia. Kath also gave attendees a sample of bush medicines made in Central Australia, which was greatly appreciated by all.
Tanja presented information around Social and Emotional Wellbeing and the Guyaa Dhuwi declaration. Tanja also discussed why it is essential to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in your wellbeing teams, as this is crucial to improving wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The forum was well attended with presenters from as far away as New Zealand and professional networks have been formed. Kath and Tanja were grateful to have this opportunity to attend the Moama SEWB forum.