Cultural Determinants of Health Webcast Series
Improvements have been gained in Indigenous health, but we are not closing the gap – it is time to turn attention beyond health determinants and talk about the role of culture.
The Cultural Determinants of Health (CDoH) Webcast Series will explore a holistic definition of Aboriginal health as encompassing the wellbeing of the whole community. The key to this holistic conception is social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB): a positive state of mental health and happiness associated with a strong and sustaining cultural identity, community, and family life that provides a source of strength against adversity, poverty, neglect, and other challenges of life.
Filmed from a state-of-the-art studio, the CDoH Webcast Series will be filmed in five 1.5 hour parts and will invite a diverse panel of experts.
Webcast 1: A Framework for Cultural Determinants of Health
Webcast 2: Connection to land or country
Webcast 3: Connection to spirituality and ancestors
Webcast 4: Connection to family, kinship and community
Webcast 5: Connection to mind and body
Professor Kerry Arabena
Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.
A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.
Kerry has recently developed a cultural determinants of health framework with a view to building practical and applicable solutions into the next iteration of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan.