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Managing for Social Resilience: Combining environmental, social and aboriginal roles to enhance resilience in North Queensland

Managing for Social Resilience: Combining environmental, social and aboriginal roles to enhance resilience in North Queensland

There is little communication between the environmental management and social science bodies of literature on resilience, yet each offers insights that could enrich the other. Our research in far north Queensland has identified six key social and institutional characteristics as helping the region and its communities to be resilient: peopleplace connections, knowledge, skills and learning; community networks; engaged governance; a diverse and innovative economy; and community infrastructure. We propose that environmental management, Aboriginal and social development organisations with regional responsibilities can choose to incorporate the social dimensions of resilience thinking in three ways. Their first option is to pursue existing mandates in consciousness of social characteristics, without trying to intervene although social knowledge may prompt some adaptation of existing management strategies.

For instance, understanding local variations in people-place connections may influence communication strategies. A second option is to take advantage of resilience characteristics in management strategies, for instance to invoke strong people-place connections and recruit and support existing community networks towards stewardship behaviour. The third is to pursue organisational mandates in a new way that enhances social resilience simultaneously, for instance explicitly building a more diverse and innovative economy through new employment and business structures in environmental management.

Speakers: Prof Helen Ross
Conference: Demo

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Listening to Country: Psychotherapy outside the office in Central Australia

The social and cultural aspects of The Aboriginal Dreaming.

Every aboriginal group has its own dreaming. Glenn Williams shares with us the particular dreaming story of "The Southern Cross". It tells how death came first into the world. The first coming of death remembered by the tribes to whom the Southern cross is a reminder. Most Australian aboriginees engage daily into the relationship of mythos and logos as a major and practical part of their daily life. Myth is regarded as primarily concerned with what was thought to be timeless and constant in our existence. Myth looks into the foundation of life to the deepest level of the human mind.

Dreams and the dreaming: out-of-body awareness and the legacy of Jung and Steiner

In this symposium I want to show how Jung and Steiner both came to understand their own 'dreaming' consciousness. This is the same consciousness that Indigenous Australians describe as their 'dreamtime'.

Dreaming as world view

The concept of 'worldview' has been relatively neglected in modern psychiatric literature, especially in contributions from the English-speaking world. Yet it clearly has significance for well-being

Lateral violence and Indigenous peoples.

Lateral violence occurs when the violence associated with oppression is internalised by those who are oppressed, and redirected between the members of the oppressed group. Among Aboriginal and Torres

Southern Psychotherapies

Most, if not all schools and forms of psychotherapy are based in and/or trace their heritage to European/Western and Northern intellectual traditions. Inspired by the work of Raewyn Connell on Southern Theory (Crows Nest, NSW, 2008), this paper dreams and explores the possibilities of Southern psychotherapy or, more accurately, the plural (and pluralistic) Southern psychotherapies.

Healing culture Trauma - The Marumali journey of healing.

Aunty Lorraine Peeters, the first Indigenous Australian addressing a Conference in Sarajevo on her vision for Aboriginal welfare and how she visualises the future for the Aboriginal people of Australia. Her title resonates with the people of the former communist countries as they too need to build their hopes, become resilient people and march forward. Her ideas inspires reconstruction of broken lives.