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Gavin Morris

Dr Gavin Morris from Charles Darwin University was awarded an Innovation Research Grant for research titled ‘CHAT – Cultural Healing, Art and Trauma’


Researcher statement: Receiving this grant is important as it funds a community designed project based on traditional healing practices that responds to a suicide crisis in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. This project represents a community led, strength based truth telling that captures the trauma stories associated with the experience of colonisation, which left untreated, has manifested across generations into spiraling rates of suicide. Building the evidence base for traditional healing practices is critical to better support Aboriginal Australians who are at risk of suicide, and I look forward to working with key senior Elders and their communities on this project.