What Is #Justice4Australia?

Australian of the Year Grace Tame: #LetHerSpeak

“Don’t give into anger. Convert it to action. Beware of being goaded into anger. The powers that be WANT you to tire yourself out.”

I joined Twitter last October to see if Trump would win or lose the US election. I had not watched the news or followed politics for years; too much, too soon had made me unwell: Psychosis. I saw Trump’s tweets and thought, ‘Is this guy for real!?

I had no clue then I would be thanking him now. Trump introduced me to the wonderful world of Twitter; incredibly talented minds constantly fact checking his tweets. Journalists, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, professors. Others with no qualifications equally impressive.

It was so refreshing to read quality responses, to see humour used to make people feel safe in a world seemingly, increasingly mad, and available to people all around the world for free. I did not know Tharnicaa and Kopika would bring me towards Australia’s fractured political landscape or that I’d do the same.

The first thing in Australia that caught my eye was everyday without fail Ron Baumann retweeted the family of four – Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharnicaa – famously known as the Biloela family: #HomeToBilo

Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharnicaa: #HomeToBilo

I admired his devotion: sharing the truth for justice. I wondered how can I help bring them #HomeToBilo. I taught Psychology at James Cook University. I remembered one simple truth: we are much more social and emotional beings than what scientists once taught us to be: “cognitive machines”.

Unless we connect to something emotionally it is essentially meaningless. Climate change is the best example. How many facts were shared and how few immediately responded. Facts alone rarely change us. It is emotion that puts energy into motion.

Angela and Priya: #HomeToBilo

That is why advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry; known as the dark side of Psychology. Let’s emotionally manipulate you to buy stuff you don’t need to impress people you don’t know. There’s also the “bliss state”: Products like Coca Cola, Doritos or chocolate 🍫 perfectly crafted to a state of “bliss” that you must return to for another hit.

However, the field of emotion is not all dark. Emotion can be used in many beautiful and profound ways. One way is to share the truth for justice to achieve personal, social and political change. History’s greatest visionaries were all emotionally intelligent. Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Oliver Sacks, the Dalai Lama, Sadhguru and so on.

It was these types of individuals who inspired me to ask the first daily question:

Australian born four year old Tharnicaa in detention almost her entire life. #HomeToBilo

“My name is Tharnicaa. I’ve been detained by the Australian Government for 1047 days. What’s your name and where do you live? #HomeToBilo #Auspol”, on the 16th of January 2021.

One simple question delivered as if it had come from a little human being, locked inside a detention, on a far away Island, by a country with the power, wealth and resources to instantly set them free; prides itself in values such as a “fair go” for all; is “one and free”. It’s one thing to cognitively place a stranger into a box (e.g. a refugee).

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

It’s something else to be humanised; to be deeply recognised: the power of emotion. The question received hundreds of answers and thousands of retweets. I knew some would not approve. I was called a “political pedophile”; Note: I am not aligned with any political party.

My focus is to share the truth for justice. #Justice4Australia has a threefold plan: 1) Psychology 2) Justice 3) Power. Psychology: I’ve made threads on Psychology classics (e.g. On Being Sane in Insane Places) and contemporary pieces (e.g. Neuroplasticity, Trauma Informed Care, Power Threat Meaning Framework) that have transformed people’s lives.

I’ve made threads on trauma-informed Tools for Wellbeing (e.g. Threat System vs Peace System; Intimacy and Play; Window of Tolerance; Self-Esteem: (competition) vs Self-Compassion: (collaboration), Three Phase Approach to Heal Trauma) so that it is possible for anyone to cultivate wellbeing.

Justice: Trauma endures when we fail to break the cycle: the negative operation of power. Neuroscience and wisdom traditions now converge: safety, truth, freedom, health and wellbeing are a benefit for all. We have the science. We have the technology. The 21st century only needs humans willing to break the cycle: the negative operation of power.

Dr Tracey Westerman awarded AM.

“I’m a proud Psychologist; but the Psychology profession must own the fact the entirety of its training is built on a foundation of cultural exclusion.

No embedded, data driven, clinically determined Indigenous content in any Psychology degree in Australia. We have a side order of cultural awareness instead.” – Dr Tracey Westerman AM
“Aboriginal kids have the worlds highest suicide rates, worlds highest incarceration rates: 50% of kids in care are Indigenous. Yet funded programs are not required to show they are reducing suicide or mental health risk factors. We provide no opportunity for black people to heal.” – Dr Tracey Westerman AM

I have made a petition – I Can’t Call Australia Home: Trauma Informed Care – that calls on the Australian Government to implement all recommendations from the 2021 Human Rights Watch World Report: Australia and to partner with Blue Knot Foundation National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma for a Trauma Informed Australia:

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/i-can-t-call-australia-home-i-can-call-for-a-trauma-informed-australia

Power: The negative operation/s of “power” (i.e. a family member, educator, employee/er, government, religious institution, war, climate change) triggers our “threat” system: we then fight, run, freeze or collapse to stay alive.

We make “meaning/s” of this event (i.e. “I’m different/not the same”, “everyone’s out to get me”, “the world is unsafe”) to make sense of the world. Trauma endures when “meanings” and “threat responses” stay and pass their expiry date (e.g. months, years, decades).

While each injustice differs and mental illness has many forms, because we are interconnected, there is one basic premise: All our stories share the same trauma; the negative operation of power. This awareness reduces alienation or isolation: “I’m different/not the same”, or “nobody could possibly understand what I’m going through”.

It also drops the stigma (e.g. incarceration) so we can focus on what is really required: switching from trauma to wellbeing. However, cultivating wellbeing requires access to power: #Justice4Australia

What is power? Physical, psychological, social, culture, country and spiritual protectors empower life. They enhance wellbeing. When we are denied these protectors our human rights are violated; we are unable to celebrate safety, truth, freedom, health and wellbeing.

Adnan came to Australia asking for safety aged 15. He’s still in detention. #GameOver #TimeForAHome

Today far too many are denied what is essential for wellbeing. Many end up believing they have failed life. My dream is they see they have not failed life. We are apart of a larger system/s we depend on for survival. All our traumas endure if the system/s fail to break the cycle/s.

Adnan and Mehdi came to Australia asking for safety. Still in detention more than eight years later. #GameOver #TimeForAHome

Do our systems use this trauma-informed approach for First Nations people, refugees in detention, people with addiction, individuals in prison, members of parliament who have been sexually abused? I will never forget being at the launch of a mental health service that introduced trauma-informed care.

Mohammad came to Australia asking for safety aged 16. He’s still in detention. #GameOver #TimeForAHome

When Trauma-Informed Care was introduced to Australia it spread like a wildfire in mental health. Practitioners acknowledged all relationships contain the dynamic of power. Trauma-informed care involves: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment.

The service was designed to give power to those with mental illness; they would run the service themselves, so they would help each to recover. A renowned Psychiatrist was invited to speak at the launch. The Psychiatrist addressed the audience of professionals and people all at different stages of recovery from mental illness. I had a dual identity: a mental health professional and was in recovery from Psychosis.

The Psychiatrist said, “For the last couple of hundred years Psychiatry has asked many questions trying to work out what is wrong with you. However, what Psychiatry had failed to do, is to ask “you” what “you” think is wrong with you? What can we do for you?” In other words, how can we, in a position of power, empower you?

What an absolute game changer.

People who had spent up to 30 years in the mental health system said this was the first time they felt acknowledged as a human being. They no longer felt cognitively defined by their diagnosis. Essentially, they were humanised with empathy. The power imbalance between the professional and patient also dropped: the real work of healing could begin.

Around the same time we developed some trauma-informed programs with Tools for Wellbeing. Again, this was the first time many were taught psychosocial-education for recovery. The program helped many find: stability, clarity, the ability to regulate their emotions easier, and a sense of connection and belonging.

Essentially they learnt to move out of being “stuck” in their threat system (i.e. due to outdate “threats” and “meanings”) and develop their self-soothing system, or what I like to call our peace system. The byproduct of “clarity” is peace: joy is simply peace dancing. With clarity we will find peace, joy, love compassion, blissfulness and ecstasy.

Trauma-Informed Care transformed the way individuals recover from mental illness. It also transformed their experience within the mental health system that is too often described as broken or even worse; more damaging. I believe the 21st century requires another step:

Australian protesters to free the refugees. #GameOver #TimeForAHome

The Power Threat Meaning Framework. This trauma-informed framework names all the systems of power and rightly highlights that, ultimately, social and political change is required for all individuals to have access to resources essential for wellbeing.

If we embraced Trauma-Informed Care and the Power Threat Meaning Framework, every person who depends on Australia’s systems for their survival should have their fundamental human rights: safety, truth, freedom, health and wellbeing.

That is essentially my vision for #Justice4Australia: Empowering Psychology pieces and Tools for Wellbeing; a call for human rights and for a Trauma Informed Australia; having systems in power ensure all of us can be well so that we can move forward to create a Trauma Informed World.

Australian of the Year Grace Tame has sharing her truth for justice. #LetHerSpeak

Grace Tame is Australian of the Year because she achieved personal, social and political change (i.e. Power Threat Meaning Framework). Grace Tame has urged Australians to use their voice to break cycle of the abuse: negative operation/s of power. Grace has essentially given Australians “permission” (i.e. it is okay) to share their stories in a cultural space that traditionally taught us that this is taboo.

Brittany Higgins has shared her truth for justice. #NotJustADaughter.

Look at the enormous snowball effort that Grace Tame instigated: Brittany Higgins, Kate Thornton, Christine Holgate, many more. Look how quickly #March4Justice emerged across the nation. Look how many people were talking about sexual abuse and rape on a daily basis for over a month on Twitter!

Christine Holgate has shared her truth for Justice. #Justice4Australia

Grace Tame is a brilliant example that the lived experience of trauma can drive personal, social and political change (they changed the legislation!). There are many others who have done/doing this. So just imagine if we achieved this on a grand scale (e.g. make Australia’s systems trauma-informed and then a trauma-informed world).

Compassion Prison Project, USA.

I cannot see a more suitable framework to take us into an increasingly traumatic future. Trauma Informed Care goes beneath everything that divides humanity and directly addresses our survival and wellbeing. A Trauma Informed World would be the evolution of Neuroplasticity: science and compassion. #HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #WeAllBelong

The End.

Hundreds of Australians protested on March 15th 2021 across Australia to #March4Justice.

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
Psychologist
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #WeAllBelong

A.B. Original – January 26 (2016):

“You can call it what you want
But it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Fuck that, homie
You can come and wave your flag
But it don’t mean a thing to me
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Fuck that, homie
You can call it what you want
But it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Fuck that, homie
You can come and wave your flag
But it don’t mean a thing to me
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Fuck that, homie
They said, “Hey Briggs, pick a date” (okay)
“You know, one we can celebrate” (for sure)
“Where we can come together
Talk about the weather, call that Australia Day”
I said, “How about March 8th?” (That’s a good one)
And we can do it on your Nan’s grave (got that, bitch?)
We can piss up, piss on her face
Get lit up and burn out like Mark Skaife
They screamin’ “love it or leave it” (love it)
I got more reason to be here, if you could believe it
Won’t salute a constitution or who’s underneath it
Turn that flag to a noose, put a cease to your breathin’
I can’t get in my whip, I get a ticket for that
I get a DWB, and that’s a “Driving Whilst Black”
I turn the other cheek, I get a knife in my back
And I tell ’em it hurts, they say I overreact
So fuck that (fuck that)
You can call it what you want
But it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
(Hey Briggs!) Fuck that, homie
You can come and wave your flag
But it don’t mean a thing to me
No, it just don’t mean a thing
I said celebrate the heretic anytime outside Jan 26 (anytime)
That’s the date for them suckers doin’ that sucker shit (that’s true)
That’s that land takin’, flag wavin’ attitude
Got this new Captain Cook dance to show you how to move (move it)
How you wanna raise a flag with a rifle
To make us want to celebrate anything but survival?
Nah, you watchin’ telly for The Bachelor
But wouldn’t read a book about a fuckload of massacres? (What?)
I remember all the blood and what carried us (I remember)
They remember 20 recipes for Lamingtons (yum)
Yeah, their ancestors got a boatride
Both mine saw them comin’ until they both died
Fuck celebratin’ days made of misery (fuck that)
White Oz still got the black history (that’s true)
And that shirt will get you banned from the parliament
If you ain’t havin’ a conversation, well, then we startin’ it
You can call it what you want
But it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Fuck that, homie
You can come and wave your flag
But it don’t mean a thing to me
No, it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Nah, it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Nah, it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Nah, it just don’t mean a thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Nah, it just don’t mean a
Motherfuckin’ thing
No, it just don’t mean a thing
Wave it, wave it, baby
Wave it, wave it (eat the flag)
Wave it, wave it mama
Wave that flaggy (wear the flag)
Wave it, wave it, baby (what you gonna do?)
Wave it, wave it (wave it, baby)
Wave it, wave it mama
Wave that flaggy.”

#YouBelong

#ChangeTheDate

https://youtu.be/tZ9qeX4gUeo
#IncarcerationNation

https://youtu.be/XUyfAme3i_U

“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:

https://www.thejilyainstitute.com.au/about-us/
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
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Trauma Informed World respects and acknowledges 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:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/national-help-lines-and-websites

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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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