On the 22nd and 23rd of May Relationships Australia Northern Territory together with the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Howard Bath hosted two forums one in Darwin & the other Alice Springs. The forums aimed to consider the impact of trauma or toxic stress on children and their families, particularly in the NT. This was an opportunity to highlight some of the innovative and developing responses currently being delivered in the local context.
Three keynote speakers addressed forum;
Dr Howard Bath spoke on the characteristics of a trauma informed care environment
Dr Sarah Mares; a child and family psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin made a presentation on – The importance of relationships in infancy and early childhood: Risks, Resilience and Approaches to Prevention and Intervention after Trauma.
Sharon Williams the CEO of Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS), the peak Aboriginal child welfare organisation in South Australia and Chairperson of Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc. (SNAICC) spoke about -Sharing best practice and promising directions when responding to trauma & meeting the needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children, young people and their families.
Both forums were very well received with over 100 participants in attendance at each.