2020 IAHA Online Conference Workshops and Activities



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Members – Come on a journey with us, catching & sharing stories of history, experiences and spirit. A workshop on ways of being in a colonial system and co-creating an Indigenous model of care.

We feel an inherent responsibility to amplify the voices of our people. For so long, our stories have been told for us, about us, and to us. Our histories have been told from a colonial perspective for hundreds & thousands of years, and now it is time for us to take back the narrative. How can the colonisers violently remove us from our lands, outlaw our languages, traditions, the very root of who we are, continue to expose our people to racism and policies that are meant to wipe us out and then expect us to come out healthy and well? How can we go forward? Let’s share our stories, truths and decolonise – leave behind what is not ours. We know it is hard to imagine what decolonisation is and what it looks like, but we know how it will feel – it will feel like us, like we have arrived home.

About Dr Teah Carlson BSocSci (Hons), MAP, PhD:

Teah descends from Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou and Waikato-Tainui. Teah is an artist, activist, academic and draws on these identities to express, connect and articulate Indigenous solidarity, self-determination, and hope. Her work highlights the importance of the Indigenous voice and control with respect to the delivery of health services, transformation of health literacy and cultural safety practice. Teah works as a Kaupapa Maori researcher and evaluator at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University. She is Co-Chair of Nga Pou Mana – Tangata Whenua Allied Health Aotearoa. Teah is passionate about the continued advancement of her people. She views her work as an honour and responsibility to contribute towards actionable and transformative change. She encompasses research and evaluative practices that allow the placement of Indigenous issues, concerns, ways of understanding and practice at the centre. In particular, focusing on research on strengthening family health and wellbeing that is context-sensitive, promotes social justice and focuses on enhancing the life circumstances of community.

About George Kingi – BSW, DipSUP:

George has tribal affiliations to Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa, Ngapuhi, Waikato & Ngati Pikiao. George is a leader, learner and storyteller. With a strong connection and understanding of Matauranga Maori and Te Ao Maori; George has been able to share this knowledge to involve, engage and inspire those he works with. George is a Change and Development Lead for the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency. This role works alongside Whanau Ora service providers in the Auckland -Tamaki region and provides workforce and strategic development. George is a qualified Social Worker – Bicultural Practice (first class honours). He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Kaitiakitanga – Bicultural Professional Supervision. For over a decade, George has worked closely with rangatahi, whanau and Maori and Pacific communities – connecting and engaging with the many different whanau. George has experience in health and community management, supervision, Whanau Ora and rangatahi development. George has designed and implemented an array of successful approaches, interventions and programmes. All the programmes have been centred around rangahau, matauranga Maori and kaupapa Maori principles and practice. George is passionate about Te Ao Maori and believes it has so much more to offer in all aspects of life if we only just listen – whakarongo, whakarongo, whakarongo.



One Day culturally-safe trauma-informed workshop with trainers Kelleigh Ryan and Nicole Tujague – (at capacity and not taking any more registrations)


This workshop explains trauma informed practice by unpacking the connection between trauma and adaptions on a person’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning. By recognising the signs and symptoms in clients, families, staff and others, Kelleigh and Nicole will show you how to resist retraumatising them. Realising the widespread impacts of trauma enables us to respond by fully integrating this knowledge and building sustainable practices that replenish and heal. 

The training is delivered by The Seedling Group from an Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing perspective – written, researched and presented by Indigenous professionals. This workshop acknowledges an Indigenous knowledge system. resilience and the power of culture, language, and capacity building in the healing of trauma.

The training is interactive, fun and safe especially for those who have experienced trauma in their lives. It has been designed for IAHA and modified for online delivery. 


About Kelleigh Ryan:

Kelleigh Ryan is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of South-East Queensland and the Australian South Sea Islanders with connections to the people of the Loyalty Islands on her mother’s side. Kelleigh is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Brisbane, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients from Australia and overseas. Her passion lies in providing psychological consultancy through her company The Seedling Group, delivering Culturally Safe Trauma Informed Responses and Healing work for organisations, communities and individuals across Australia. Kelleigh specialises in combining both Western clinical knowledge and Aboriginal knowledge of healing to guide her counselling, therapeutic intervention, critical response and psycho education work. Kelleigh holds a seat of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association Board (AIPA) and is one of the founding members of the newly formed First Peoples of the World Psychology Network.

In 2019 Kelleigh was honoured with the Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” and is the first Aboriginal Psychologist to be appointed as a Clinical Assessor on the Psychologist Panel of Assessors for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Kelleigh develops and delivers specialised therapeutic support, supervision and Group Consultation for Indigenous agencies who continue to respond to the changing healing needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of complex trauma. Supporting individual, group, family and community change, through transitional practices, of Trauma Informed to Healing Informed and Trauma Aware, supports our clients to grow from just enduring to a stronger more resilient approach, that is healing.


Dr Clinton Schultz is a strong Gamilaraay man and registered psychologist with a keen interest in holistic wellness, particularly the wellness of workers in health and community services.  Dr Schultz is a recently appointed Director on the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Board and deserving recipient of the IAHA Professional of the Year in 2019. Dr Schultz was also named Griffith University’s “Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award” winner in 2018.

Dr Schultz recently completed his PhD titled: Winanga-li-gu (Higher order listening), Guwaa-li-gu (higher order speaking), Maruma-li-gu (higher order healing) Factors of holistic wellbeing for members of the Aboriginal health and community workforce

Dr Schultz uses his experiences to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and consult on organisational and cultural responsiveness.  Dr Schultz is an Assistant Professor with Bond University Medical School, Director of Marumali Consultations and Owner of Sobah beverages.  





Make Damper with Torres Strait Islander Chef Nornie Bero

On Wednesday 2nd December part of the Online Conference Program chef Nornie Bero will share her love of Australian native ingredients in a damper-making demonstration, showing participants how they can incorporate Indigenous ingredients and flavours into their own home-cooking. In the video Nornie makes a variety of dampers in Torres Strait Islander style, wrapped in banana leaves and baked with pumpkin, wattleseed and saltbush. She’ll share tips on how to get the perfect damper softness, and where to source ingredients.

To try your own hand at making damper, Damper Kits and Australian native spices can be purchased via the Mabu Mabu online store (https://www.mabumabu.com.au/shop).

Mabu Mabu is a Torres Strait Islander owned and run business with an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal and native ingredients to create beautiful dishes that bring people together. Mabu Mabu is a term from the Torres Strait that translates to ‘help yourself.’ Traditionally, a Mabu Mabu is a banquet, shared table or big family meal. It’s how we like to enjoy food on the islands: surrounded by the people we love.

About Chef Nornie Bero:

Nornie Bero is the head chef and business owner. Originally from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, Nornie has been a professional chef for over 20 years. Her style of cooking is all about generosity and flavour. She has been creating dishes using native ingredients for much of her career, and is currently on a mission to make Indigenous herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits part of everyone’s kitchen pantry.