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Healing the past by nurturing the future

Strengthening foundations for supporting Indigenous parents who have experienced complex childhood trauma

Project aim and objectives  

To undertake critical foundational work to engage end-users in a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project to co-design strategies to identify and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have experienced complex trauma.  

Project team  

Project leader: Associate Professor Catherine Chamberlain  
Project partners: Judith Lumley Centre team  
Administering organisation: La Trobe University  
Project timeline: 01/12/2017—28/02/2019  


Project findings  

This project was focused on building strong foundations, so the results are the strong partnerships. The results include:  

Project outcomes   


  • High quality evidence synthesis to inform co-design processes with key stakeholders.  

  • Strong foundations for NHMRC funded project.  


  • Video for parents and community members to raise awareness of complex trauma in the perinatal period.  


  • Project informed by Senior Aboriginal women (Deadly Nannas).  


  • Development of research skills for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at all levels.  


  • Meaningful engagement with key stakeholders who wish to be involved in co-designing strategies to identify and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents during the perinatal period who have experience complex trauma.  

  • Establishment of formal partnerships with key organisations in the three participating jurisdictions.  

Artwork by Shawana Marie Andrews

For further information please see: Healing the past by nurturing the future project website  

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Project leader

Catherine Chamberlain

Administering institution:

La Trobe University

Completion date:

Expected March 2019