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From grassroots to the United Nations - Repeat presentation


29 July 2009

Repeat Presentation and Film Screening

Associate Professor Jane Latimer

From grassroots to the United Nations - Health researchers supporting Indigenous Australians

Date: Thursday, 20 August 2009

Time: 12.00 to 1.00 pm

Where: S102

By popular demand Associate Professor Jane Latimer has kindly agreed to do a repeat presentation for those that missed out on this in Semester 1 and for those that would like to continue discussion with her from last time.

This 1 hour session will outline how a physiotherapy researcher worked to support a group of Indigenous women from a remote community in North Western Australia to share their story with the world. The impact of this sharing has been enormous and enabled these Australian indigenous women to influence policy worldwide.

Every day in the Australian media there are reports of family violence and child abuse, much of this committed while under the influence of alcohol. In the Northern Territory of Australia alone alcohol consumption has risen from 2.3 to 3 billion litres in the 6 years spanning 2000-2006. While there are no accurate estimates of the exact extent of alcohol related violence, it is widely acknowledged that the majority of family violence is committed while under the influence of alcohol.

In 2007 a group of Aboriginal women from the Fitzroy Valley in Australia's remote northwest decided enough was enough. Their community had experienced 13 suicides in 13 months. Reports of family violence and child abuse were commonplace and alcohol consumption was rising at an alarming rate. Something had to be done. Something had to change. A group of courageous Aboriginal women from across the region came together to fight for a future - for everyone in their community. The results were inspiring and the healing has now begun.

In 2008 an outstanding team with high level expertise in Indigenous research, human rights advocacy, and world-class film directing came together to produce a powerful, short movie that was shown to Australians and a global audience at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2009. The movie tells the story of an alcohol ban recently implemented across the Fitzroy Valley, the journey of the indigenous women who made it happen and the far reaching and sometimes surprising results of their courage.

This session will include a 24 minute screening of the film followed by a discussion led by Associate Professor Jane Latimer who co-produced the film with Melanie Hogan.

Please come along and join in discussions. All students and staff are welcome.