Canberra Mothercraft Society invites you to a free public lecture to be presented by Professor Leonie Segal and launched by ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith.  

Professor Segal, a leading researcher in the field of intergenerational trauma, is Foundation Chair, Health Economics and Social Policy, University of South Australia, and has published widely in international journals on the mechanism of intergenerational trauma and the devastating extent of the harms. She is working in partnership with government and the NGO sector to explore policy options to reverse this pattern.   

Professor Segal’s research shows that children of parents who themselves suffered serious abuse or profound neglect are likely to suffer similar outcomes, and may go on to harm their own children, with very extensive and significant associated harms.   

In her lecture she will summarise the nature of these harms and look at ways to break this cycle of intergenerational trauma with innovative policy options that address the currently unmet need for appropriate services for families facing multiple adversity.   

When:  5.30pm for 6pm start, Wednesday, 24 May 2023   

Where:  National Film and Sound Archive  

McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 

(Wheelchair access: Liversidge St)   

OR register to view as a webinar via Zoom .

Registration:  MARY KIRK FELLOWSHIP LECTURE | National Film and Sound Archive (nfsa.gov.au)

CPD: A certificate of attendance will be provided to registered health professionals for one hour of CPD.  


The Mary Kirk Fellowship is a biennial award to a notable scholar in recognition of the contribution of Mary Kirk AM to women and child health locally, nationally and internationally, while she was the Executive Officer of the Canberra Mothercraft Society and Director of Nursing at the Queen Elizabeth the Second Hospital (QEII) between 1996 and 2019.  

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