Presented by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, funded by the Lowitja Institute.
The symposium was held at the University of Melbourne on 27 June with approximately 100 participants from a range of sectors including academia, community organisations, state and federal governmental departments and major non-government organisations and service providers.
As facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena during the final symposium session, we have been continuing to develop a symposium statement in close collaboration with advocacy advisors at UNICEF. Thank you to all who have provided feedback and comments on the draft statement. This statement is intended to form the basis for advocacy work to call for action to tackle racism as a key issue influencing the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Australia.
Facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena during the final symposium session, content and recommendations of a symposium statement were developed by participants. Following the symposium the statement was drafted and circulated to all participants. Thank you to all who provided feedback and comments on the draft statement. This statement is intended to form the basis for advocacy work to call for action to tackle racism as a key issue influencing the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Australia.
Download the Symposium Statement PDF [178kB]
There has been considerable media interest in the research findings released during the symposium, both on the day and following the event. Croakey have provided a detailed summary of the symposium on their website, and a number of interviews have been conducted by major newspapers, ABC News Radio, ABC Radio National, National Indigenous TV News, SBS News Radio and Syn Radio. An opinion piece by Dr Naomi Priest was also published in The Age.
Symposium PowerPoint presentations are now available please find them in the program below.
26–27 June 2014, The University of Melbourne
This symposium aimed to create discussion and action across policy, practice, research and community contexts to:
- raise awareness and advance understanding of how racism continues to adversely affect the lives of children and youth
- develop long term strategies to prevent racism and support those children and young people impacted by its negative effects.
If you attended the symposium, please complete the symposium survey to provide us feedback about they symposium and assist us in planning future events.
Download the final program PDF [513kB]
Day 1: 26 June 2014
Charcoal Lane, 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Day 2: 27 June 2014: Symposium
Level 2, 234 Queensberry St, The University of Melbourne (map)
|08.30||Coffee/tea and registration|
|Welcome to Country by Aunty Di Kerr, opening comments from Ms Pat Anderson (Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute) and from the symposium organisers|
|Understanding the impacts: Pathways between racism and child and youth health and wellbeing (oral presentations)|
Developing solutions: Anti-racism and pro-diversity interventions (oral presentations)
Lunch and Poster Presentation Showcase
|Break-out discussion groups on policy, practice and research solutions|
|Feedback from groups/conclusions/where to from here?|
Facilitated by Professor Kerry Arabena
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