Is fusing stories and numbers key to improving Aboriginal lives? – Sheree Cairney
Once we intertwine Western concepts (numbers) and Aboriginal concepts (stories) we can make sustainable progress – and switch to viewing Aboriginal culture from a positive perspective.
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Aboriginal knowledge is passed down through stories and governments mainly speak the language of numbers... Bring together stories and numbers for the two worlds to meet.— Sheree Cairney
Sheree has spent her adult life working in remote Australia, deep in sacred Aboriginal country. She has a deep respect for the Aboriginal communities, and her current research hopes to answer some profoundly human questions – How do we define success? What makes us happy? And what can we learn from Aboriginal wisdom?
Sheree Cairney has worked as a neuroscientist in remote Aboriginal communities for 17 years. Her research has shed light on the transformation of brain and behaviour that happens with drug abuse and led to ground-breaking clinical evidence the brain can repair itself if substance abuse stops early enough.