On Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 7:30pm (AEST), KidsMatter held a webinar focussed on a series of animated films developed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children.  

The webinar's  expert panel [328KB] discussed a series of KidsMatter animated films and accompanying resources that have been developed to help schools, early childhood services and health and community professionals support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children. The discussion focussed on one animated film in particular, called "Nana's Painting".

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • gain insight into the collaborative development process behind the resources, and the strength and value of the finished resources,

  • develop knowledge of how the films might be used in schools, early childhood services and community settings and develop an understanding of the resources which support their safe use, and 

  • develop an increased understanding of factors influencing Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

All the films and supporting resources have been developed by the Australian Psychological Society, in collaboration with Aboriginal cultural consultants from diverse geographical locations including Victoria and Central Australia, and are designed to communicate key messages about Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing.  

The cultural consultants all hold strong interrelationships with communities and networks and are regarded highly by community members. Drawing on their own life and professional experiences, the consultants have contributed their deep understandings of social and emotional wellbeing from an Indigenous worldview.

The film content was reviewed by Indigenous psychologists in the context of contemporary research in Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing.

The supporting resources are designed to guide professionals working in schools, early childhood services and health and community services to determine how the animations could be used.

You can watch the video below or download it to watch offline later. The audio is also available to download.

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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 [374KB].


Carmen Naivalu

Indigenous Psychologist

Carmen is a Larrakia woman who was born in Darwin and raised in Canberra.  She is a Clinical Psychologist who provided expert advice in the first phase of the KidsMatter Aboriginal animations project about Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. Carmen recently returned to her birthplace to commence a PhD at Charles Darwin University.  She hopes her past and present research will shed light on the underlying issues of Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing, and will contribute to improving practice and research with Aboriginal communities. Carmen was a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee and until recently was the convener of the APS Interest Group ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology’, before stepping down to focus on her PhD.


Jade Fraser

Early Childhood Education Consultant

Jade has worked in the Early Childhood sector for fifteen years as an Educator, Children’s Service Director, Parenting Support Facilitator and Early Childhood Education Consultant. Her experiences have included working for Aboriginal children’s services and services educating and caring for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Throughout her career, Jade has advocated for children's cultural and linguistic rights and the importance of valuing Aboriginal cultures and perspectives in all Australian early childhood services. She currently works as an Early Childhood Education Consultant.


Rachael McBrien

Early Childhood Educator

Rachel has been teaching kindergarten for 20 years and is the Educational Leader and KidsMatter Leader at her centre. Recognizing a need in her community for a greater number of kindergarten places, she worked collaboratively with the kindergarten community, local council, the local catholic school, church and the Department of Education and Early Childhood to build a new 2-room kindergarten on the school site. Through this project Rachael developed strong relationships with her community.  


Dr. Lyn O'Grady

School and Community Psychologist

Lyn O’Grady is an experienced Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Lyn’s work history has included roles within the education, health and community sectors.  She has worked with parents in parenting programs and individually at the community level and in schools for over 20 years. Lyn also worked as a school psychologist in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

At a more systemic level she currently works with the Wellbeing & Community Partnership Unit of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. She worked as a National Project Manager for KidsMatter Primary at the Australian Psychological Society for four years, including leading the resource development of the KidsMatter Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project.


Guidance for Safe Use:

  1.  Safety statement [343KB]: this statement contains the safety information that users need to read prior to viewing the animated films. It specifies that the animations are not representative of all Aboriginal people's experiences, and provides information about emotive triggers and suggestions for preparing to view the animations.
  2.  Connecting to heal [384KB]: this guide provides information to viewers about the purpose of the resources, who could use them, some of the best ways to use them and background information about the 12 animations. 
  3.  What's your intention [353KB]: this guide focuses on supporting users to identify why and how they would use the animated films. Readers should consider their intentions for using the animations to ensure their safe use. This guide provides scenarios which users might identify with, and links beneath each scenario will guide the reader to the resources that best suit their needs.
  4.  Starting conversations [356KB]: this guide is primarily for Aboriginal family and community members, as well as Aboriginal professionals to use.  It gives some ideas about how and where the films could be screened. It  is the tool to ‘start conversations’ and the key messages featured in the animations is incorporated for use as part of this resource. 
  5.  Discussion points [329KB]: this is a list of discussion points to prompt conversation among primarily non-Indigenous professionals in a professional Learning context. It guides the user in exploring the themes, sub themes and key messages by posing some questions around the animations and Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. It is a resource for people to begin to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal connection to culture, identity and social and emotional wellbeing.
  6.  Act on it - Self-reflection tool [215KB]: this guide is for services and users who might require some direction in where and how to begin. It is a check list which poses some questions for services around their current knowledge of, and practise in, supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families. It allows users to reflect upon or ‘measure’ their current responses and actions.
  7.  Act on it - Action chart [232KB]: this is an action chart template for use post-viewing  for services and users to input immediate actions they could take to increasing their knowledge of and support for Aboriginal social and emotinal wellbeing. There are some suggested action items in the template to get services started. There are links to Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali Program for schools and early childhood services to thinking about what they can do!

Animated film "Nana's Painting"

Resources List [310KB]

General KidsMatter Resources List [233KB]