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Healing the past by nurturing the future

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

This community-based participatory action research project aims to develop strong foundations for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project to co-design perinatal (pregnancy to two years after birth) awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have experienced complex trauma.

These foundations will be established by:

  1. Mapping relevant perinatal and psychosocial support services and key stakeholders who may be interested in being involved in co-designing screening and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have experienced complex trauma
  2. Facilitating two workshops with key stakeholders to: discuss scoping review findings; co-design systematic review; develop research governance, emotional and cultural safety protocols; co-design research with vulnerable families; and plan next stages of research (development of screening and support strategies)
  3. Conducting a mixed methods systematic review of theoretical and empirical evidence of factors which mediate parental healing and/or transmission of intergenerational trauma in the perinatal period
  4. Pre-testing and conducting innovative engaging research with key community groups to understand and illustrate parents’ experiences of complex trauma.

This project is conducted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – with active involvement in all stages of the research, including funding submissions, governance, project leadership, data collection, analysis and dissemination. This collaborative research involves investigators from 12 institutions, including La Trobe University, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne, We-Alli Pty Ltd, Orygen, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, James Cook University and Monash University. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders, service providers, policy makers and families will be invited to be involved in the co-design process.

The expected benefits from this project include:

Investigators: C. Chamberlain, G. Gee, S. Brown, K. Arabena, J. Atkinson, J. Nicholson, D. Gartland, H. Herrman, K. Glover, Y. Clark, S. Campbell, F Mensah, C. Atkinson, S. Andrews, S. Brennan, H. McLachlan, T. Hirvovenon.

For further information please see the Healing the past by nurturing the future project website https://www.latrobe.edu.au/jlc/research/healing-the-past.

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Project leader

Catherine Chamberlain

Administering institution:

La Trobe University

Completion date:

Expected March 2019