Authors: Marsat J. Ketchell, Torres Strait
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Personal Stories: Suicidality & other things, Islanders and NPA Aboriginal
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Cultural and traditional protocols for grief and loss in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (TS&NPA) can only be described as unique in any culture. If it is practiced anywhere outside the region in another cultural setting, there is a certainty it is influenced by the Islanders and NPA Aboriginal population in that community. In accordance with our culture, from a very early age, Death or a Loss is taught as a normal part of life, there being in our belief, Life - Death - Life. Our cultural protocols are practised by our people wherever they are. Regardless of their location and the culture they are living with, the Islander and NPA Aborigine will practice and strengthen their family responsibilities, their traditional beliefs, their songs and dances, and their stories. Although our cultural practices have varied or modified to suit outside and recent influences such as Christianity and contemporary laws, our underlying beliefs are purely Torres Strait Islander and Northern Peninsula Aboriginal. The Presenter will demonstrate considerations and appreciations for the clinicians in their clinical practice when dealing with the people from TS&NPA. Highlighted will be a concentration on ·The protocols that are strictly adhered to by the Family and those deemed significant people including their respective roles and responsibilities. The use of and assistance from significant people in clinical practice Appropriate occasions during the phase for referral/engagement and or offers of the service. (Critical Incidents)·How the clinician may fit into ceremonies and rituals.