Conversations with Aboriginal Knowledge: The Healthy Self

In this conversation, Dr Chelsea Bond and Dr Suzy Green will explore the relationship between identity and mental health. From rebuilding a narrative in the aftermath of ongoing cultural trauma, to achieving a sense of personal thriving, our sense of who we are is central to how we navigate towards mental well-being.

Presented with The School of Life, this series explores the intersection of Aboriginal and western perspectives around the themes of cultural knowledge, growing up, and well-being. Through a series of three in-conversation sessions, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian thinkers, we draw out the common ground and points of distinction between two different perspectives of these important themes.



Dr Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian. She has extensive experience within Indigenous health, as an Aboriginal health worker and researcher in urban and rural communities for over 15 years. Chelsea’s career has focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system including critically examining the role of Aboriginal health workers, the narratives of Indigeneity produced within public health, and advocating for strength-based community development approaches to Indigenous health promotion practice.

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology, having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology.