Youth Webinar
Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people

Save the Date! 

Tuesday 24 July 2018 


The Healing Foundation is hosting a webinar about healing for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on 24 July, 10.30am to 12:00 pm AEST, at the State Library of Queensland.

Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people brings together a panel of young people and experts to discuss lived experience of Intergenerational Trauma, strategies for creating positive change, and building up our young people to develop strong healing programs.

To be part of this very important discussion join us in person or online.

Speakers include Professor Helen Milroy, a leader in Indigenous mental health and trauma; young advocates Tonii Skeen and Karlie Stewart; and Joel Wenitong, a respected community mentor and member of The Last Kinection.

If you would like to be part of the live audience at The Edge Theatre at State Library of Queensland, please contact no later than 21 July 2018.

Lunch will be provided following the webinar so please include any dietary requirements when you register.

Wherever you are around Australia, you can participate on 24 July via the portal below, or on social media using the hashtag #OurFuture.


Professor Helen Milroy

Born and raised in Perth, Professor Helen Milroy is a proud descendant of the Palyku people of Western Australia.  With her extensive experience in healthcare and child and adolescent psychiatry, she is uniquely placed to discuss the challenges facing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders dealing with the effects of Stolen Generations policies and practices. Helen has been on state and national mental health advisory committees and boards with a particular focus on the wellbeing of children; and recently served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dr Joel Wenitong

Dr Joel Wenitong is a Kabi Kabi Murri from south-east Queensland, and a much-respected Aboriginal community mentor. Over the years Joel has helped many young people to heal through music therapy workshops, while promoting the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through educational workshops. His dedication to integrating Aboriginal history and culture into nursing education has been recognised with the Indigenous Collaborations Excellence Award from the University of Newcastle and multiple Deadly music Awards. He is now currently practicing as a GP registrar in the Hunter region.

Karlie Stewart

Karlie Stewart is a proud Yuin Nation descendent who has worked extensively with young people. She is a fourth-year social work student and is part of the Healing Foundation Interim Youth Advisory Group. Karlie also works as an activities worker and caseworker with Weave’s Kool Kids Club, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a way up and forward for children, young people, families and communities.

Tonii Skeen

Tonii Skeen, descendant of the Yawuru Jabbir Jabbir, Bardi, Bunuba, Nyikina and Jaru people from across the Kimberley region. Tonii has a strong background in youth development, with seven year of experience. She has been involved in a number of community driven initiatives, including the Alive and Kicking Goals Suicide Prevention Project Women’s reference group, Kimberley Aboriginal Young Leaders committee. Tonii promotes greater levels of peer-to-peer education and support as essential factors for creating positive change from the grass-roots level.

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