1st National Conference
Mental Health Aspects of
by Family Separation
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
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
speakers were recorded. Copies of presentations can
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.