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27 May 20

Stolen Generation Survivors, who are they, inter-generational impacts and support services

Please note that we will be recording this webinar and a link to that
recording together with a pdf of the slide presentations (subject to the
consent of our presenters) will be sent to all registrants after the event.

Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this presentation may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons and
discussions may trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma

Celebrate National reconciliation Week by joining us for a webinar exploring Australia’s Stolen Generation – those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families as a result of past government policies.

In 2014-15 there were an estimated 13,800 surviving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over who had been removed from their families and communities as a result of past government policies.

By 2023 this group of people referred to as Stolen Generation Survivors will have grown to approximately 20,900 with all being eligible to receive aged care services.

We need to be aware of this group and the complex needs of this group who suffered profound childhood trauma when they were forcibly removed from their homes, isolated from family and culture and often institutionalised, abused and assaulted.

The aged care sector is not well prepared to meet the unique needs of the Stolen Generation Survivors. It is therefore essential that we seek to better understand who this group is, where they are, what their journey has been like including impact on other family members and what types of services are out there that might be able to help Stolen Generation Survivors, their family members and aged care providers.

Participants will gain a greater understanding and insight into who Australia’s Stolen Generation Survivors are, what happened to them and what the challenges are for aged care services in supporting this group as they begin to access aged care services. This will be achieved by;

  • Exploring relevant data and information around Stolen Generation Survivors.
  • Analysing data and statistics related to Stolen Generation Survivors.
  • Hearing about the inter-generational impacts on the Stolen Generation family members.
  • Considering those issues and challenges that aged care services may face in working with Stolen Generation Survivors.
  • Understanding what types of services and needs Stolen Generation Survivors may have when seeking to access aged care services.

Hear from our speakers:

Florence Onus
Healing Foundation
Stolen Generation Survivors – who are they (data, statistics, effects, outcomes, well-being)

Florence is from a large family in North Queensland and a descendant of the Birri-gubba, Kairi and Bidjara clans of north and central Queensland.
Florence is a Mother of four daughters and a Grand Mother.
Florence’s career includes working for over a decade as a Journalist and Trainer with ABC and Aboriginal media. From 2009 – 2016 she worked at James Cook University where she held diverse positions including Lecturer; the Head of Indigenous Support and Community Engagement and Co-Chair of the Reconciliation Implementation Committee.
From 2009 - 2013 Florence was appointed the Chairperson of the inaugural Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Board as a response to the National Apology by the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Establishing the Healing Foundation as a catalyst for healing is one of her most rewarding achievements as the Healing Foundation is now in its eleventh year and supports the ongoing healing journey of Indigenous people around the nation.
Florence currently works with the ATSI Womens Legal Service in Townsville as a Community Development Worker supporting women and families dealing with trauma as a result from domestic violence and family breakdown and is an active member of the Healing Foundations Stolen Generations Reference Committee that provides advice on policy, funding and research.

Mark Elliott
ATSIAAG Exec Member and AAG Member
Intergenerational impacts – being a child of a Stolen Generation Survivor

Mark Elliott is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man whose family are the Trevorrow’s from the Coorong area of South Australia. Mark was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) since its inception until it wound up in 2015/16 and continues to have a passion for working in the area of dementia. Mark currently sits on the Executive of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) which is supported by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). Mark was awarded Honorary Life membership in 2018 in recognition of his leadership as the inaugural Aboriginal Chair of ATSIAAG. Mark works as an Aboriginal Engagement Officer with the Australian Bureau of Statistics based in the Adelaide office.

Lisa Zammit
Connecting Home Ltd
Support services for Stolen Generation Survivors – case management services and a real-life example

Lisa is the CEO of Connecting Home Ltd, an organisation that was established in 2010 Connecting Home, is a support service for survivors of the Stolen Generations and works across South Eastern Australia. Prior to this Lisa had worked in the Disability and Aged Care sectors for over 10 years, at all levels. Following this, Lisa also worked in the Housing and Homeless sector and family violence. Lisa’s Passion is to support people to achieve their goals and to feel valued as part of the community they belong to. Lisa has a strong social justice focus which aligns with her beliefs and values.

Facilitated by:

Tom Voigt
Senior Policy & Research Officer

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Event Date & Time: Wednesday 27th May 12.00 noon to 1.00pm AEST

Event Location: WEBINAR, National

Registrations Open: 5th May 20 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 27th May 20 11:00 AM

Places Available: 60

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