Ms Anni Hine Moana, PhD Candidate at La Trobe University joins us this month

May 8, 2018

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held this month over Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Ms Anni Hine Moana, PhD Candidate at La Trobe University joins us at the Conference to discuss ‘There’s a word for that…reporting on the role that shame can play in the development of alcohol problems amongst Australian Aboriginal women’.

Ms Anni Hine Moana


This paper will report on some of the findings from my doctoral study: Healing in the Yarn: Exploring Culturally Acceptable Responses to Australian Aboriginal Women Who Have Experience of Feelings of Shame and are Seeking Counselling for Problems with Alcohol.

Aboriginal women’s’ experiences of shame have been linked to the trans-generational trauma that has resulted from the settler-colonisation of Australia and in particular the child removal practices that continued until the 1970s. This study found that many Aboriginal women also suffer the effects of another dimension of shame—that which can arise as a result of stigma, discrimination and contempt based on race and gender.

In addition to exploring the role of misogynoir in relation to alcohol problems, this study has also looked at the types of therapeutic approaches used by Aboriginal counsellors and community workers that have been found to be culturally safe and effective. It has been found that therapeutic practices that locate problems in a social, historical and political context can not only reduce alcohol related harm but also support the re-storying of a more positive self-account.

This session will provide an opportunity for audience members to identify elements of narrative and storied approaches that they may find useful in their own practice, particularly when working with marginalized communities.


Anni Hine Moana was born in Melbourne. After studies at Deakin and at The University of Melbourne, Anni worked for many years in education and in community health. As a counsellor, Anni has worked with many Indigenous women, not only the First Nation people of Australia, but those from the Torres Strait, New Zealand and Polynesia. In addition to her academic work she has worked in mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies as a senior clinical practitioner educator, counsellor, counselling supervisor and served as a committee member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of Victoria (CAPAV).

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.



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