Session 1: “Distant Spiritual Healing”

Trent Lee

Trent Bundirrik Lee is from Darwin, Northern Territory.  In regards to healing, Trent has been trained and guided from a young age and has been performing healing using the didgeridoo and mediative methods which includes hand’s on, spiritual distancing and other healing methods.

Trent can also perform washing and smoking ceremonies for cleansing, funeral, sorry business and spirit cleansing.  Trent also carves canoes, birds and spray can murals art, spears and boomerang maker and is an emerging artist. 

Trent has worked with IAHA and AIDA before.  At the recent National IAHA and AIDA conferences in Darwin 2019, Trent was part of the Healing Teams that provided healing to conference participants.



Tony Lee

Tony ‘Duwun’ Lee is from Darwin, and is Larrakia. Tony’s has many areas of 

expertise and some of these include:

  • Exhibiting Artist (prints, paintings, carvings, sculpture)
  • Public Art
  • Art by commission
  • Corporate gifts
  • Healer
  • Welcome to Country presenter
  • Didgeridoo musician
  • Smoking ceremony facilitator
  • Workshop facilitator

Currrent bio-medical model and models of psychological care, are very helpful and essential but we also need to also consider spiritual health. There is a deeper consideration of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people consider health to be holistic, and that physical health is affected by the social, spiritual, emotional and cultural wellbeing of individuals and the broader community.  

Duwun has travelled around the world, including: China, America, South Pacific, India, New Zealand, Philippines.

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IAHA and our Indigenous workforce partners delivered this important webinar on “Distant Spiritual Healing” hosted by Tony Duwun Lee and Trent Bundirrik Lee, Larrakia and Karrijari healers from Darwin, Northern Territory for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Tony Duwun Lee and Trent Bundirrik Lee will provided supports to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health workforce across allied health, medicine, nursing, midwifery, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners with spiritual healing from a distance. Tony Duwun Lee says, “Stress puts our health at risk. We are passionate about the mob on the frontline and want to give the Aboriginal health workforce strategies to manage their stress. Stress increases those hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin and we have spiritual ways of healing stress, that we want to share.”

Please Note:  this event was not recorded.


The Healing Foundation:

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, healing is a holistic process, which addresses mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs and involves connections to culture, family and land.

News and University articles:

Ngangkari healers: 60,000 years of traditional Aboriginal methods make headway in medical clinics dated 28th March 2018, retrieved 21.04.2020 from ABC website.

Traditional Aboriginal healing and western medicine meet with Ngangkari Project. dated 27th April 2018, retrieved 21.04.2020 from Australian Medical Association website.

Traditional medicine plays a role alongside Western Medicine. Retrieved 21.04.2020 from General Practice Training Queensland website.

Aboriginal healers working to keep traditional medicine alive. Dated 23rd May 2014. Retrieved 21.04.2020 from ABC website.


1. Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari Authored by the: Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

WINNER – 2013 Deadly Award for Published Book of the Year COMMENDED – 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Non-fiction category) The ngangkari are the traditional healers of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands, encompassing 350,000 square kilometres of the remote western desert. For thousands of years the ngangkari have nurtured the physical, emotional and social well-being of their people. To increase understanding and encourage collaboration with mainstream health services and the wider community, the ngangkari have forged a rare partnership with health professionals and practitioners of Western medicine. Experience the world of the ngangkari as they share their wisdom, natural healing techniques and cultural history through life stories, spectacular photography and artwork.

Retrieved 21.04.2020 from Magabala Books website

2. Traditional Aboriginal Health Practice in Australia

Devanesen D., Maher P. (2003) Traditional Aboriginal Health Practice in Australia. In: Selin H. (eds) Medicine Across Cultures. Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science, vol 3. Springer, Dordrecht

Journal Articles:

Dudgeon, P., & Bray, A., (2017) Indigenous Healing Practices in Australia. Women & Therapy. Routledge Limited,

Oliver, S.J. The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 9, 46 (2013).