I Can’t Call Australia Home: Trauma Informed Care

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

Hello trauma informed friends,

I am thankful that you are here. Below is a call for human rights and a trauma informed Australia. This is not to sign unless you are an Australian. I imagine you might be from all around the world. It is here to plant a seed if other countries wish to do the same. One week after I made this call, I found Dr Gabor Maté was releasing his Premier of the film The Wisdom of Trauma.

Experts across the world increasingly call for trauma informed change. One person at a time. One service at a time. One nation at a time. You have my permission to use this petition and adapt it as required. If you are from Australia, you are welcome to add your name using the link below. You might also want to watch #IncarcerationNation.

My hope is that Trauma Informed World illustrates the beauty, breadth and versatility of Trauma Informed Care. I have included a few systems from cultures that touched my life in a profound way. You will see that Trauma Informed Care does not replace them.

Luke Pearson writer for IndigenousX:

“It is for everyone else to reflect on the labels white people give us and fight to assert our own identities outside of the boxes they try to put us in – ethnic, indigenous, multicultural, diverse, migrant, etc.
It is for everyone else to fight for our terminologies, for our capital letters, for our right to belong unchallenged and unquestioned, for our right to determine for ourselves even something as simple as our own names.”


Trauma Informed Care provides the space for any Wisdom Tradition to thrive because it is not shut down with silence or judgment, blame, punishment, stigma or shame. Rather, all Wisdom Traditions are fostered using the Principles of Trauma Informed Care: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment. Far from replacing them, I would like to thank each for relentlessly passing on wisdom:


You can listen to Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM, the president of Blue Knot Foundation, and I chatting together with Brainwaves 3CR Community Radio about the value of Trauma Informed Care here:


Now you know the power of Trauma Informed Care. Let’s turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change. If you are unable to, you might need help first, to get safe or become ‘unstuck’ from trauma. Reach out for trauma informed care. #YouBelong

With love,

Dr Louise Hansen
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

Mirrah and Mo’Ju – Native Tongue (2018):

“I don’t speak my father’s native tongue
I was born under the Southern sun
I don’t know where I belong
I don’t know where I belong
My great granddaddy was Wiradjuri
My father came here from the Philippine
It’s where I live, it’s where I wanna be
Ooh, but you make me feel so ill at ease
I don’t speak my father’s native tongue
I was born under the Southern sun
I don’t know where I belong
I don’t know where I belong
It’s easy enough for you to say
It ain’t no thing
But I’m the one, you ain’t the one
Been living in this skin
If you wanna call me somethin’
Call it to my face
But I will not apologise for takin’ up this space
Every time you cut me down
I’m gonna come back fierce
The time is through for bein’ nice
Let’s call it what it is
I don’t speak my father’s native tongue
I was born under the Southern sun
I don’t know where I belong
I don’t know where I belong
I don’t speak my father’s native tongue
I was born under the Southern sun
I don’t know where I belong
I don’t know where I belong.”


“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations to all Australians to realise a better future. Learn more and help us educate other Australians.”



“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
“Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support we received overnight! We’re able to fund one more Indigenous Psychology student for a full three year Psychology degree from just a 10 minute appearance on ABC #TheDrum.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

If you would like to donate, please visit:

Kon Karapanagiotidis AM. Lawyer, Founder and CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:

“Being fierce advocates is at the heart of what we do at the ASRC and now even that is under attack. We’ve joined forces with Hands Off Our Charities (HOOC) alliance made up of charity and civil society across the country to fight against the new regulations that could see charities deregistered for engaging in advocacy activities.”


Advocating for asylum-seekers: lessons from the pandemic:

My partner Marcelo Alegre Rubic who taught me do not let anyone control your life. #YouBelong

Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong


***Since the creation of this website the Biloela family were released from detention, returned to Biloela and granted permanent protection in Australia. However, hundreds more people still remain stuck in a system that requires urgent reform.***

Welcome to the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Join us to make positive changes for refugees around the world.


New Kaldor Centre policy brief proposes reforms to Australia’s temporary protection system | Kaldor Centre:


You can listen my talk with Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, the President of Blue Knot Foundation on my own healing journey, training and study and how it has informed my work and advocacy for a trauma informed world here:

Trauma Informed World acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which this educational resource was inspired. I acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. I honour the continuation of educational, cultural and spiritual practices and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people and relationships worldwide. This website contains images of deceased persons. There are also swear words in some of the songs presented that portray intense emotions. This website is not intended to trigger people who have experienced trauma. However, if you do find any of the content triggering, each page has a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites for immediate mental health support. These are my own personal views and comments and may not reflect the views of my employer.

Australia’s National Helplines and Websites:


To provide the best information possible, Beyond Blue has listed national helplines and external services. All services linked to Beyond Blue are reviewed before they are posted.

Published by Dr Louise Hansen

This is a free educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing. While each injustice differs, all stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power. Let’s break the cycle of injustice and trauma together one day at a time. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Trauma is disconnection. Empathy fuels connection. Knowledge is power: “Love is the absence of judgment.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. #YouBelong

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