How do we come to grips with the past, and how do we do so in just ways? These questions will be the basis of our discussion by a panel of distinguished speakers.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have historically been subject to much more misdiagnosis, mistreatment, incarceration and coercion than other Australians in the hands of psychiatric institutions, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. The ramifications of psychiatry’s sometimes unwitting, indifferent or knowing complicity in past harmful practices and beliefs have been far-reaching. They extend from the health and well-being of the individual patient, to human rights and social justice concerns that prevail in contemporary Australian society.
How do we come to grips with the past, and how do we do so in just ways? What are the responsibilities of psychiatry to ensure a contribution to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional health and well-being? What can apology and other forms of recognition achieve? What can we learn from other projects of apology and recognition?
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 7 March 2018.
Thursday 15 March
Join Ngarigu woman Professor Jakelin Troy as she discusses the lives, language and knowledge of the individuals she has discovered among a rich trove of anthropological archives.
Monday 26 March
Can we make objects invisible? Professor Gunther Uhlmann explores inverse problems, and the progress being made to achieve invisibility.
Monday 7 May
There are many dimensions to spatial inequality in Australia. This seminar will probe the uneven distribution of the country’s economic and environmental resources, with a particular focus on cities.