PhD Candidate, The Hopkins Centre
Leda is a registered Psychologist and a member of both the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). She has extensive experience working with clients on issues that affect everyday living and relationships. Leda’s experience includes working in urban, regional and rural regions, including First Australian communities. Her educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a Bachelor of Education (Primary), and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).She has many years of experience in the health sector and has published on Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous women with disabilities, chronic disease management and suicide in First Australian communities. Her experience as a Psychologist and in Indigenous research have allowed her to explore the meaning of holistic health in First Australian culture and its relationship with the Western medical system.
Leda is a Research Higher Degree Candidate and the working title for her dissertation is ‘Informing First Australian conceptualisations of holistic health and its role in suicide prevention.’This work is an exploration of the way in which a community understands the suicide of young First Australians, with the intention of informing a holistic response that features healing over time as opposed to discrete episodes of intervention. Investigating the lived experience of suicidality amongst First Australians in the Mackay community, with reference to a recent suicide cluster in the community, will inform the ongoing development of a First Australian conceptualisation of a model of holistic health. Building on the current knowledge base of Indigenous suicidality, this investigation will make significant contributions to the conceptual understanding of holistic health and life through First Australian Ways of Knowing. This will inform the practice of individuals participating in the improvement of another’s wellbeing by providing a First Australian model of holistic health.
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