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Children and Families Research Centre

Understanding Aboriginal Families

Understanding Aboriginal Families - Wednesday 11 June 2014

Karen Menzies


This one day workshop is for health, welfare and family support professionals who are working with Indigenous families. The workshop will explore the experiences of Indigenous Australia in relation to the impact of the separation and assimilation laws, policies and practices. The workshop covers the Indigenous experience in three contexts; political milieu, personal impact and a trauma framework. The exploration of these themes provides a platform for understanding the cumulative effects of state intervention and the contemporary implications for health and welfare professionals who work with Indigenous children, families and communities.

Convenor profile

Karen Menzies has an extensive background in child protection, education, health and human rights services and is currently working as a Lecturer with the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. Karen also designs curriculum and delivers training to government and non-government organisations. Karen is an Aboriginal woman from the Wonnarua people in the Hunter Valley, has a Bachelor and Master of Social Work, and also a Master of Medical Science. She is currently doing a PhD through the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: X5B, Room 012 Macquarie University (North Ryde, Sydney)

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Early Bird Registration $85.00 pp (14 May 2014)

Full Registration $110.00 per person (after 14 May 2014)


Contact: Sally Thompson on (02) 9850 9882 and fax your registration form to (02) 9850 9887 or scan and email your registration form and send to

You may post your registration and cheque to:
CFRC, C/- S Thompson, Building X5B, Room 221
Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109

For more information & RSVP
Email: or Tel: 98509882