Professional Development

Turning Lateral Violence into Lateral Kindness

Lateral Violence is a cycle of abuse and its roots lie in factors such as: colonisation, oppression, intergenerational trauma and the ongoing experiences of racism and discrimination. 

With conversations such as the VOICE to Parliament and earlier with vaccinations, today there is a need for all to understand Lateral Violence so that we can work together through healthy partnerships and stop the perpetual cycle of pain inflicted on one another in times of opportunity.

In this in-person workshop, we will delve into the various forms of Lateral Violence and understand the underlying reasons why individuals may choose to either participate or abstain from engaging in such behaviors. We will learn strategies to hold up Lateral Kindness as a way to decolonise our relationship with one another to heal and move forward together to create a healthier future.  


Dr stewart Sutherland was born and raised in Wellington NSW the heart of Wiradjuri country. For over a decade he has worked in Indigenous health, in more recent years focusing on identity and mental health particularly Social and Emotional Wellbeing of the Stolen  Generations (people forcibly removed from their families). Stewart has just finished his PHD, at the Australian National University Canberra, the focus of which was the interplay between  reconciliation (apology) and the  social emotional wellbeing of people forcibly removed from their families.

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LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

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Artwork by © Amy Allerton, Contemporary Aboriginal Artist of the Gamilaroi, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung Nations.


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Aboriginal Workforce Development Program


Thursday 22 June 2023


9:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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Aboriginal Workforce Development Program


LEAD Learning Centre
10/197 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills, NSW 2147


  • Member: $90.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $150.00 + GST
  • Aboriginal Workers of TEI Funded Services: FREE

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