The QFCC recently hosted its 5th Research in the Round event in Townsville, showcasing the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and local community representatives on the wellbeing of First Australian families.
It was the first event of its kind to feature all Indigenous presenters and panel members.
Speakers Professor Kerry Arabena, Dr Lynore Geia and Mrs Dorothy Savage presented their research findings and described the implications for practice. Key themes included the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life to health and wellbeing; community informed strategies to support family wellness; and barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners.
Researchers were joined by discussion panel members Mrs Rachel Atkinson, Mrs Florence Onus and Mr Chris Congoo to explore key issues raised.
Discussions focused on the importance of taking a collaborative and solutions focused approach. Several participants also commented on the important role of men in creating culturally safe and thriving families and communities.
The event provided Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon and Commissioner Phillip Brooks an opportunity to hear directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, practitioners and community members. The discussions that took place will help QFCC play its part in supporting the wellbeing of all Queensland families.