In Conversation with Dr Naomi Sunderland

Dr Naomi Sunderland is a lead researcher on The Remedy Project – an Australian Research Council supported project exploring music as a primary cultural determinant of health for First Nations communities.

She joins us to discuss the healing power of music and her investigation into its role within First Nations communities as an enduring link to ancestors, Country, language and community.

Naomi is a descendant of the Wiradjuri First Nations People and is based out of Griffith University in Meanjin, Brisbane. Her extensive research and publishing record in arts-health and First Nations social justice has a particular focus on creative, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed approaches.

This episode was produced by Scotia Monkivitch and Jill Robson. Sound engineer is Tiffany Dimmack and Creative Responders theme music is composed by Mikey Squire.

Related links

Further reading:

The Remedy Project

Children’s Ground

We Al-li Resources for trauma-informed care 

Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Awareness, a Reflection by Miriam Rose Ungunmerr via the Miriam Rose Foundation

Listen here to Kabi Kabi based Torres Strait Islander musician, Al Bartholomew’s, powerful acoustic tribute to Yothu Yindi’s Treaty. Al was one of the pilot study interviews for The Remedy Project and recorded this track on Kabi Kabi Country (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) with Chief Investigator, Phil Graham.

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