Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub

A presentation by A/Prof Carlie Atkinson -

In the Eye of the Storm: Community-led Indigenous informed responses during a natural disaster

A/Prof Carlie Atkinson discusses her experience with setting up the Healing Hub in response to the Lismore floods.  Presented at the University of Wollongong

Catastrophic flooding in February and March 2022 affected more than 60,000 people in the Northern Rivers, including loss of life, housing, employment, separation and breakdown of families, loss of physical infrastructure including clean water and sewerage. Many community and health services were also impacted, exacerbating social isolation, disconnection and distress. Responding to the first flood event, a network of local Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners established the Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub for flood-affected supporting more than 1680 people since 14 March through individual and group sessions informed by an Indigenous Healing Framework.  Please read further here.

Carlie is a Bundjalung and Yiman woman and an accredited Social Worker with a PhD (2009). She is an international leader in complex and intergenerational trauma and strengths-based healing approaches in Indigenous Australia. She developed Australia’s first adapted, culturally sensitive, reliable and valid Aboriginal trauma assessment measure and is CEO/Director (2012-present) of her family organisation, We Al-li, designing and coordinating delivery of Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approaches (CITIHA) training and resource development for organisations and communities across Australia with a focus on systems transformation and implementation.

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