IAHA National Conference Wellbeing Room

IAHA Wellbeing Room proudly sponsored by:

A wellbeing team, comprising of Indigenous counsellors and psychologists, will be on site to provide support throughout the conference. You will always be able to access a wellbeing team member in the IAHA Wellbeing Room, supported by ABSTARR consulting, where you will have a confidential space to talk, or simply take time out.

Tanja Hirvonen

Tanja is a Jaru and Bunuba woman, a registered clinical psychologist currently based in North Queensland and practising across Australia. Tanja holds a double degree in psychology and human resource management. Tanja has a research and clinical background and has extensive experience in working with individuals, families, and organisations in regard to social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and complex trauma. Tanja has board appointments with Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), Black Dog Australia and with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) as well as maintaining private clinical practice.


Casey Bird

Casey is a Juru and Wulgurukaba man who was born in Roma, Queensland. Casey has a Bachelor of Psychological Science with a major in philosophy. He has extensive knowledge and skills in designing, monitoring and reviewing the implementation of public policy and strategy. Casey is a youth justice specialist with significant front-line experience, and a strong understanding of the range of human and social service systems that impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families and communities.


Well@Work with ABSTARR Consulting:

ABSTARR Well@Work aims to be the preferred option for individuals wanting to optimize social and emotional wellbeing and for organisations wanting to support employees to improve their wellbeing and longevity in the workplace. ABSTARR was established by Aboriginal professionals and is staffed by Aboriginal professionals. ABSTARR want to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people regardless of their situation, or their location.

At Well@Work, our services include:

  • EAP services,
  • Psychology and wellbeing services
  • Cultural, clinical and group supervision for employees,
  • Training delivery around wellbeing and managing workplace concerns

Find out more on the ABSTAAR website HERE.