The 8th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium brings together leaders in Australian mental health presenting and sharing the latest developments in rural service provision and research. This year’s symposium provides opportunities to learn, discuss, workshop and network with others who share a passion for rural and remote mental health.
Ms Susan Moylan-Coombs
Keynote Speaker Ms Susan Moylan-Coombs, Founder and Director, The Gaimaragal Group will discuss Mental Health Reform in Rural Australia – Working Together, Integrating Care.
Abstract Themes: Trauma Informed Practices, Focus on Suicide Prevention and Hotspots, Early Intervention and Prevention, Physical Health and Mental Health, Non-traditional Health Providers, Recovery Orientated Practices, Consumer Participation, Community Based Strategies, Co-design and Co-production
The Gaimaragal Group is a First Australian organisation that has been established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits. We believe that the philosophies and teachings of Australia’s First Peoples, the way of life that has sustained us for tens of thousands of years, is worth sharing, and that in doing so, we can create a new story of connection and wellbeing for all Australians. Our aim is to facilitate the voice for our Elders in the contemporary social space, empower our youth to realise their full potential, and provide two-way cultural translation to bring individuals and communities together.
Susan’s ancestry is Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. She has extensive experience working with First Australian communities nationally and internationally, with specific expertise in community consultation, empowerment and the facilitation of voice and storytelling. Susan previously held the positions of Executive Producer ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and Head of Production, NITV a division of SBS.
Today Susan uses her expertise to work with mainstream organisations and communities in the provision of cultural competency and immersion sessions as well as social planning processes. Susan is part of the group known as the Stolen Generations and has lived experience of the trauma associated with removal, loss, dispossession and disconnection. She is one of the founding Board member of the PTSD Australia New Zealand (Fearless Outreach) organisation as well as many community committees in the Northern Sydney Region.