Grief, Loss and Self-Care for Aboriginal Health Workers

Posted 7 Apr 2020.

Event Date: Tuesday 24 November, 2020
Time:9am - 4pm
Venue:Seminar Room, Cancer Council WA, 15 Bedbrook Place, Shenton Park
Target Audience:Aboriginal Health Workers, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers, Aboriginal Liaison Officers working with Aboriginal Patients with a life limiting illness
Registration information:Registration is essential as places are limited. Register online at
Contact Details:Phone Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) at email


Aboriginal Health Workers and those in related roles have a vital role in providing primary and clinical health care for Aboriginal individuals, families, and community groups.

Being able to support Aboriginal people dealing with grief, loss, and trauma requires an understanding of these issues as well as an acknowledgement that these multiple roles can affect the wellbeing of Aboriginal Health Workers. This one-day workshop is informed by the latest research and best-practice and provides opportunities for participants to consider relevant cases or issues they’ve encountered.

Learning areas

  • Identifying and describing grief, loss, and trauma
  • Understanding the relevance of current grief and loss theory to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal community members
  • Apply grief and loss approaches to support Aboriginal community members
  • Developing relevant and personalised self-care strategies that can be applied in practice

Presented by

Angela Ryder is Wilman Noongar from Western Australia. She is the manager of Aboriginal programs with Relationships Australia where she runs grief, loss, and trauma workshops for Aboriginal people. Angela is a Noongar yorga and a founding member of the Langford Aboriginal Association, which offers a number of community programs including language courses in Noongar for children and adults.

Lauren Breen is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor in psychology at Curtin University. Her award-winning research takes an applied focus to grief and loss support. Lauren’s research is recognised internationally and she has published over 90 articles and chapters. She is an Associate Editor of Death Studies, a board member of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, and a Fellow of Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Information and Online Registraton: For more information and to register please see the Grief, Loss and Self-Care for Aboriginal Health Workers flyer (122kb). Complete registration online at

Enquiries: Please email

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