The Interplay Between Neuroscience and Aboriginal Spirituality with Associate Professor Sheree Cairney
Associate Professor Sheree Cairney is a Cognitive Neuroscientist who has spent two decades leading research and innovation projects in Aboriginal communities in the most remote parts of Australia.
She has published over 50 scientific articles, and established culturally relevant neuropsychological assessments among Aboriginal people that are used across the country.
Her research has been translated into interactive multimedia tools that communicate health promotion and education messages to diverse demographics. These include the 'Brain Stories' suite of flipcharts and animations and the highly successful ‘No Smokes’ education campaign.
Her science and innovation stories have been told on national media, and informed policy, education curriculum, rehabilitation programs and national clinical guidelines. Currently, she leads a national longitudinal study ‘The Interplay project’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has led ‘The Interplay Project’ for seven years that investigates the key conditions and drivers for improved health and wellbeing, and representing Aboriginal cultural values to policy.
In 2016, she presented her work at TEDx StKilda,”What Aboriginal Knowledge can teach us about Happiness” (https://youtu.be/Cf-dK8HFP2c). Sheree is passionate about bringing together people and ideas to inspire and create change through integrating science, culture, art, business and policy. She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs.