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17 June 2003

Native American health and domestic violence will be the subjects of two lectures by visiting US scholars at Southern Cross University on Wednesday, 18 June, and Tuesday, 24 June.

Native American History, Health and Healing

Associate Professor Stephen Greymorning, from the Departments of Native American Studies and Anthropology in the University of Montana in the USA, will give a talk on Native American History, Health and Healing, on Wednesday, 18 June, from 12noon till 1.30pm, at the SCU Union Auditorium.

Professor Greymorning will be talking on the history of the Native American reservation system and the negative impacts of forced resettlement on the health of indigenous Americans, whose general health is the worst of any cultural group in the United States. Professor Greymorning’s particular area of expertise is teaching indigenous languages as a tool for healing. He will be drawing on the examples of a few innovative Canadian approaches, where some indigenous communities have taken control of their education, health and legal systems. Professor Greymorning will show how this has had the effect of reconnecting indigenous identity and improving general health.

Professor Greymorning’s talk is a Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health Special Seminar. The Department, located in Lismore, is a joint venture of the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University.

After receiving a Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, Professor Greymorning served as Director of the Arapaho Language and Culture Project for the Wyoming Indian Schools. While maintaining academic interests in Native sovereignty issues, his work in developing strategies toward Native language restoration continues. His publications include The Colonization of Indigenous North America (1999); The Imperialism of Cultural Appropriation (1997); and A Will to Survive, which will be in print in August.

Assessing women and children at risk of domestic violence

Also, a renowned international scholar in violence research will give a talk in the School of Nursing and Health Care Practices on Tuesday, June 24, from 12 noon till 1pm, in Lecture Theatre H1.01.

Professor Campbell will speak on Safety Planning Based on Risk Assessment. This entails assessing the level of personal risk partners and children in domestic violence relationships may face. The risk assessment is based on the results of a questionnaire which women in domestic violence relationships fill out about violent events and their severity. The safety planning is to assess whether the woman and the children then need to be referred to DOCS, or a refuge, hospital, or safe house to avoid serious injury or homicide.

Professor Jacquelyn Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in the US. She has a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Professor Campbell has been conducting advocacy policy work and research in the area of domestic violence since 1980. She has been the principal investigator of nine major research grants and published more than 120 articles and five books on the subject. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing, and a member of the congressionally-appointed US Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence. She is also on the Boards of Directors of the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the House of Ruth Battered Women's Shelter.

For further information contact Sara Crowe or Kath Duncan, SCU Media Unit, Ph: 6620 3144.