Menzies Weekly Seminar - “A few examples of how traditional medicinal plants are used today in Aboriginal Australian communities”


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Presenter:  Adam Thompson

Date: May 28, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Contact person:  Menzies communications team
T: 8946 8658
E: communications@menzies.edu.au

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus (also available on WebEx)

Abstract: Traditional Medicinal Plants continue to be used throughout remote indigenous communities in collaboration with modern medicine. Working in collaboration with community knowledge holders we created short documentary films to show how traditional medicines are still used today to treat skin disorders and maintain health. We performed our project in two large, coastal communities on the Tiwi Islands and more recently within two small, remote outstations in the stone country of West Arnhem Land. The comparison found that different plants are used in similar ways because they are understood to be safe, effective and easily available. Supporting the use of these medicinal plants will promote health-seeking behaviours necessary for the maintenance of good health.

Biography: Adam has a background in anthropology and documentary filmmaking.  He specializes in working with indigenous people to create their own documentary films presenting their knowledge and culture as a record for younger generations.  He is currently an HDR student at Menzies School of Health Research.

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  • The Menzies seminars are free of charge and open to the general public
  • The presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
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