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1st National Conference on the Mental Health Aspects of Persons affected by Family Separation Liverpool NSW October 2002
an Origins SPSA Inc Initative

1st National Conference on the

 Mental Health Aspects of

Persons Affected

by Family Separation


Conference Report


The conference was attended by 200 persons. At least 60% of attendees were professionals, indigenous and non -indigenous, the remainder comprised of persons who were affected or interested in the issues discussed, these included persons representing  support groups, local and interstate and consumers.


The majority of presenters were mainly from interstate, with representations from indigenous groups from as far away as Western Australia, Groote Island, Darwin, NT, SA and Victoria and many other interstate destinations.


The conference was opened by Senator Andrew Murray and Mr Fred Malone of the Gandangara land Council.



The 65 presenters Included Dr Geoffrey Rickarby  MB BS FRANZCP Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Bryanne Barnette, Professor John MacDonald UWS, Tim Keogh, Dr David Crawford UWS, Nancy DeVries, Dr Joanna Penglase Wendy Jacobs  B.Sc., B.A, Dr Deborah Ambry, Dr Arthur Chesterfield Evans, David Rich  Ann Symonds and a large number of professionals and consumers.


Presentations on Trauma, loss and grief, detention, reproductive

technologies, men’s mental health issues of separation, identity, 

plus a wide range of other issues affecting mental health


The conference was deemed a major success by all who attended

and keynote speakers were recorded. Copies of presentations can

be obtained from Quickcopy, ph 9646 3699.

The collation of the papers will commence immediately and

publication will be effected on funding approval. Our organisation has

since been approached by the State Library to archive our websites

as an historical collection this includes some of our research on the 

mental health of these issues.

Origins NSW


Pamella Vernon Souris
Coordinator HARP project

Papers from this conference can be purchased for $20 by sending a cheque, money order to
PO Box W18 Fairfield West NSW  2165
Please make all payments to Origins Inc SPSA

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