This webinar was held on Thursday 19 May 2016, at 7pm (AEST). It explores how reconciliation can support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and is suitable for early childhood and primary school educators and staff, as well as health and community professionals. 

It features a panel of experts who will discuss a fictional case study about Jarra, a 5-year-old Aboriginal child who has moved with his family to a new city.  He has started attending a service that doesn’t have an existing relationship with the local Aboriginal community, and the staff within the service have differing views about how best to support Jarra and his family. 

The panel explores important factors for, and how to support, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as the role that reconciliation plays in enabling supportive relationships.

Learning objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will have developed an increased understanding of:

  1. factors important to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  2. how relationships support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s social and emotional wellbeing
  3. the role reconciliation plays in enabling relationships to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s social and emotional wellbeing

You can watch the webinar recording below, or download it to watch offline later.  If you did not attend the webinar, but would like to claim professional development points, you can view the webinar recording and supporting resources, then complete the Self-directed learning record

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The webinar features an interdisciplinary panel of experts:

Tracey Simpson
KidsMatter Early Childhood Consultant and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Projects
Tracey has over 30 years’ experience in the education field. She was the Director, Community Partnerships and Early Years for Western NSW Region, Department of Education and Communities and Senior Lecturer in Education and Associate Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University. Her other experience has  included carrying out the roles of advocate, teacher, director, coordinator, child development officer, educator, management committee member, board member, lecturer, researcher, senior manager and consultant in a range of services and locations. She has carried out these roles in early childhood education and care settings, schools, and tertiary education environments in metropolitan and rural NSW and internationally. She is particularly recognised for her commitment to early childhood education and community development in regional and remote Australia.

Denise Rundle
Boroondara Kindergarten
Denise Rundle is a teacher and co-ordinator at Boroondara Kindergarten in Richmond, teaching a kindergarten class of 3-5 years old children. She has 35 years’ experience working in a variety of early years settings - sessional kindergarten, long day care, FDC co-ordination, local government and TAFE teaching.  For the past 15 years, she has worked at Boroondara Kindergarten as part of an educational team who have prioritised learning about and implementing Aboriginal perspectives in their teaching.   In this culturally and linguistically diverse kindergarten, the NAIDOC celebration represents the learning of all members of this community - children, families and teachers.

Alex Shain
Reconciliation Australia – Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning
Alex Shain trained as a primary school teacher and has taught in many different school settings, beginning his career in far western NSW and most recently teaching in inner-city Sydney. About 3 years ago, Alex joined Reconciliation Australia to design Narragunnawali and he reckons it’s the best teaching job in the country. Alex firmly believes that without those who have come before, we wouldn’t be able to have the conversations we are having today. The work of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians has laid the foundation for the next generation to move forward together.

Adam Duncan
Reconciliation Australia – Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning
Adam Duncan is a Biripi man, whose ancestors were traditional custodians of the Manning River region surrounding Taree, NSW. Between 2009 and 2015 Adam worked at Wiradjuri Preschool and Child Care, at the University of Canberra, where he received his Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) qualification. As an Aboriginal early childhood educator, Adam has consistently worked to support his colleagues in developing their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. He has done this through New Saltwater Dreaming, his consultancy business, as well as, more recently, through his work with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning team.

Facilitator: Samantha Smith
KidsMatter Senior Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Projects
Samantha is a descendent of the Darug people of NSW. She is the Senior Project Officer for the KidsMatter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects at the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Aboriginal Health and Community Development and a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion.
Samantha has worked across Aboriginal health and justice settings with particular experience in the areas of Aboriginal family violence in a policy and program context, as well as roles in and around support and advocacy for Aboriginal victims of crime. Most recently her work has been in the area of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing from a reconciliation perspective, in particular as it relates improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal children and families. 


Aboriginal SEWB Webinar slideshow [7MB]

Aboriginal SEWB Webinar supporting resources [310KB]  

Aboriginal SEWB Webinar case study [207KB]

Aboriginal SEWB Webinar participation guide [485KB]  

Aboriginal SEWB Webinar panellists bios [277KB] 

Aboriginal SEWB Webinar Self-directed learning record [2MB]