Dr Ahona Guha on Debut Book RECLAIM, Sheree Lowe from VACCHO on Victorian Coroner's Court Report Findings, Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, Emma Bacon from Sweltering Cities about Heatwave Safe Homes for Renters

Thursday, 16 March 2023 - 7:00am to 8:30am
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Acknowledgement of country//




Dr Ahona Guha - Reclaim//

Dr Ahona Guha is a clinical and forensic psychologist, who joins us in the studio today to speak about her debut book 'Reclaim: Understanding Complex Trauma and Those who Abuse.' In Reclaim, through a series of case studies and expert analysis, Dr Guha explores complex traumas, how survivors can recover and heal, and the nature of those who abuse. She provides a unique perspective as someone who has worked with people that perpetuate harm, those who are impacted and survive harm, and her personal lived experience. By emphasising compassion above all, she calls for us to become better informed about perpetual cycles of harm, and the needs of victim/survivors, so we might reclaim a safer, healthier society for everyone.//

If this discussion doesn't feel safe to listen to at the moment, feel free to come back in 15 minutes. If you need someone to talk to, you can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14, 24/7 for free and anonymously.//


Sheree Lowe - VACCHO//

Sheree Lowe, Executive Director of the Balit Durn Durn Centre for Excellence in Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing at the Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation or VACCHO, joins us to speak about the devastating findings reported in the Victorian Coroner's Court's recently-released report 'Suicides of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Victoria, 2018-2022'. This report highlights the impacts of a systemic failure to centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's social and emotional wellbeing, which the Balit Durn Durn Centre has recently been resourced to begin addressing through the development of an Aboriginal-led suicide response strategy. Sheree is a Djab Wurrung and Gunditjmara woman with a strong connection to South West Victoria, she has lived most her life on Wadawurrung Country in Ballarat. She has been advocating within the Aboriginal Community in Victoria for over 20 years and previously worked as a management consultant at PwC on projects related to organisational transformation through an Aboriginal lens and culturally safe program design.//


If this discussion doesn't feel safe to listen to at the moment, feel free to come back in 15 minutes. If you need someone to talk to, you can call 13YARN on 13 92 76, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636,  or Lifeline on 13 11 14 - 24/7 for free and anonymously.//


Cassandra Connelly - Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival//

Cassandra Connelly from Brimbank Council looks after the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival. The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is a yearly event that celebrates and encourages a love of reading, storytelling, creativity, diversity and learning. This year features an exciting line up including Aunty Fay Muir, Parminder Kaur, Andre Dao and more! You can attend the festival from Thursday 16 - Saturday 25 March in the Brimbank area of Naarm, and check out the program on https://www.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/writersfestival//


Emma Bacon - Sweltering Cities//

Emma Bacon, Executive Director of Sweltering Cities, joins us to talk about the need for heatwave-safe homes for renters, in light of the ongoing climate crisis and clear power imbalance between renters and landlords leaving tenants vulnerable to heat stress. Sweltering Cities is Australia’s only national campaign and advocacy organisation working specifically on issues related to extreme heat. Sweltering Cities is holding a campaign strategy meeting to win heatwave-safe rental homes in Melbourne on the 14th of March from 7:30-8:30PM - find out more and RSVP here.//



Carry Me Home - Kokoroko

My Limits - Huntly 

Damaged - Miiesha

Ride or Die - 

Lady Blue - Emily Wurramara

Sort It Out - Beddy Rays

Change Has Come - MO'JU