ABSTARR – Aboriginal straight talking about respect and responsibility.


Listed below are some publications where straight talking is demonstrated.


Phillips, G. 2003. Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.


Phillips, G. 2007. Healing and Public Policy. In Altman, J. and Hinkson, M. (Eds) Coercive Reconciliation: Stabilise, Normalise, Exit Aboriginal Australia. North Carlton: Arena Publications.

Phillips, G. 2005. Indigenous Australian Young Peoples: The Winds of Change. In Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils. Youth in Transition. Canberra: Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Pp 110-118.


Phillips, G. 2016. Ms Dhu coronial findings show importance of teaching doctors and nurses about unconscious bias. The Conversation, 20 December.
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Phillips, G. and Klugman, M. 2016. The Land We Play On: Equality Doesn’t Mean Justice. Griffith Review. 53: 185-197.

Shepherd, S. and Phillips, G. 2015. Cultural ‘Inclusion’ or Institutional Decolonisation: how should prisons address the mental health needs of Indigenous prisoners? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 1-2. DOI: 10.1177/0004867415616696.

Phillips, G. 2015. Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education. PhD thesis. School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University.

Phillips, G. 2009. Healing and Identity in Contemporary Australia: What is a real/grass roots/traditional Aborigine? Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – ‘Giving An Account of Ourselves’ Seminar Series. Canberra: AIATSIS.

Healing Foundation Working Group. 2009. A Healing Foundation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Discussion Paper. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. (Consultant Writer: Gregory Phillips)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council. 2008. Blueprint for Action: Pathways into the health workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing. (Consultant Writer: Gregory Phillips)

Mackean, T, R. Mokak, A. Carmichael, GL. Phillips, D. Prideaux, T. Walters. 2007. Reform in Australian medical schools: a collaborative approach to realising Indigenous health potential. Medical Journal of Australia. 186 (10): 544-546

Phillips, G. 2005. “Relationships, Respect and Responsibility”: Cultural Safety and Ensuring Quality Curriculum for Indigenous Health in Medical Education. In Australian Universities Quality Forum Proceedings. Sydney: AUQA Occasional Paper Number 5. Pp131-135.

Phillips, G. 2004. CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework, Melbourne: VicHealth Koori Health Research and Community Development Unit, The University of Melbourne.

Phillips, G. 2001. Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, Drugs in Society, Summer.


Indigenous Health Strategy 2010-2015, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010.

Phillips, G. 2004. National Audit and Consultations Report – CDAMS Indigenous Health

Curriculum Development Project. Melbourne: VicHealth Koori Health Research and Community Development Unit, The University of Melbourne.

National Indigenous Philanthropy Initiative, Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation, Brisbane, 2002.

Undergraduate Academic Exchanges for Murri and Islander Peoples, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Consultative Committee, Brisbane, 1993.

Speeches and Conference Papers

‘Self-Determination and the Role of Government’, Victorian Ministerial Council of Aboriginal Affairs, Melbourne, September, 2017

‘Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’, Medical Board of Australia, Melbourne, June 2017

‘Self-Determination’, Koori Justice Forum, Geelong, May 2017

‘Aborigines and the Republic’, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, April 2014

‘True Reconciliation Requires A Treaty’, The Wheeler Centre Public Debate – Negative Team, Melbourne, November 2013

‘Cultural Safety and Power’, Keynote Address, Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association Annual Symposium, Canberra, October 2013

‘Cultural Safety and Power in Australia’, Indigenous Knowledges Symposium, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, April 2013

‘Health Curricula Development’, Indigenous Allied Health Australia National Conference, Brisbane, November 2012

‘Aboriginal Anwernekenhe, Ayekkwe, Two-Spirits and Takataapui: Sexual Diversity, Identity and Health’ – Pacific Region Indigenous Doctor’s Congress, Alice Springs, October 2012 (with Dr Alexandra Wilson and Dr James Makokis)

‘Racism, Reconciliation and Reform: A New Model of Applied Cultural Safety’ – Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses Annual Conference, Cairns, September 2012

‘Cultural Safety and Indigenous Health’ – Keynote Address, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health Symposium – Mount Isa, August 2012

‘A Vision for the Future’ – Keynote Address. Victorian Aboriginal Health Conference, Melbourne, May 2012.

‘A Koori Clinical School: A Better Trained Workforce’. Victorian Aboriginal Health Conference, Melbourne, May 2012. (with Professor Kerry Arabena)

‘Community Partnerships and Organisational Reform in a Medical Faculty’. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection IV, Auckland, New Zealand, November 2011 (with A/Prof Marlene Drysdale and Ms Jill Gallagher)

‘Aboriginal Community Development in Health Education and Research’. World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education, Cusco, Peru, August, 2011 (with Ms Angela Clarke)

‘Indigenous Health Equity and Medical Education’. M8 World health Summit. Charite University, Berlin, October 2010

‘Healing and Reality’. 6th Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Honolulu, Hawaii, August, 2010

‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation’, Dean’s Lecture, Monash University, November, 2009

‘Healing: Story, Meaning, Practice’. Family and Community Strengths Conference, Newcastle, November 2009

‘Cultural Safety and Indigenous Australian Health Workforce’. Health Workforce Symposium, The University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November, 2008

‘What is Healing?’ and ‘Moving Forward: Strategic Directions for Healing and Public Policy in Australia’. National Indigenous Healing Forum, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, September 2008

‘Alcohol, Trauma and Aboriginal Australia’. National Drug Research Institute and Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Services Seminar, Perth, November 2007

‘Healing in Aboriginal Men’s Health’, South West Indigenous Family Violence Dinner, Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative, Warnnambool, November 2007

‘Healing, Cultural Safety and the Criminal Justice System’, 3rd National Indigenous Justice CEOs Forum, Brisbane, November 2007

‘Health Care Workers and their Emotional Coping Skills’, 5th Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 2006

CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Project:

  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Medical Educators, Auckland, June 2005
  • Australian Universities Quality Association, Sydney, July 2005
  • International Conference on Learning, Granada, Spain, July 2005
  • Rural Health Curriculum Development Conference, Tamworth, September, 2005
  • International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge, Vancouver, October, 2005
  • Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association Symposium, Newcastle, October, 2005

‘Owning the Problems and Finding the Solutions’, National Conference of the Australian Council of Social Service, Keynote Address, Canberra, November 2003

‘Indigenous Australian Young Peoples: The Winds of Change’, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Youth Symposium, Canberra, November, 2003.

‘Aboriginal Love: Empowerment, Healing and Sexuality’, 4th Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September, 2002

‘The Winds of Change: A Story of Emergence’, National Treaty Conference, Keynote Address, Canberra, August, 2002

‘Addictions and Their Implications in HIV/AIDS Prevention for Indigenous Australian

Communities’, 6th International Congress on HIV/AIDS In Asia and the Pacific, Melbourne, October 2001

‘Addictions & Healing in Aboriginal Country’, 17th World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education, Paris, July 2001

‘Addictions & Healing in Aboriginal Country’ Winter School in the Sun Conference on Addictions, Keynote Address, Brisbane, July, 2001

‘How We Heal’ – National Stolen Generations Conference, Keynote Address, Gold Coast, 1999

‘Addictions & Healing in Aboriginal Country – Preliminary Findings’; Australian Tropical Health and Nutrition Conference, Brisbane, 1999

‘Undergraduate Academic Exchanges for Murri and Islander Peoples’, QATSIECC, 1992

‘An Aboriginal History of the Darling Downs’ (co-author), State Aboriginal Education Conference, Toowoomba, 1991

Other Presentations

  • ‘Realities and Challenges’, ANTaR’s Anniversary of the Sea of Hands and Paul Keating’s ‘Redfern Park Speech’, Redfern Park, Sydney, November, 2002.
  • 1st and 2nd Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conferences, Edmonton & Sydney, 1992 and 1994
  • 2nd – 5th World Indigenous Youth Conferences, Darwin, Ecuador, Sweden, Aotearoa, 1993-8
  • National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics Annual Conference, Keynote Address, Seattle, 1995
  • Californian Indian Education Association Conference, Sacramento, USA, 1993
  • 3rd World Counsellor’s Association (California) Annual Conference, San Diego, 1993
  • World Indigenous Education Conference, Keynote Address, Wollongong, 1993.