Let’s Talk…Social Justice with Tileah Drahm Butler

This week on Let’s Talk…Social Justice, Kevin begins a series of shows examining social justice issues surrounding health in so-called Australia. Over the course of the following weeks, he talks to health workers, activists, organisers, academics, and artists who are concerned with the work of healing and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

This week, Kevin catches up with senior social worker, researcher and healer, Tileah Drahm-Butler. Tileah (she/her) is a Kullilli & Yidinji woman, and with Respect to Darumbal. Tileah is a Social Worker and PhD candidate and has completed a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.

Tileah has over 20 years of experience working across Aboriginal Health and Social and Emotional well-being, and now works as an Emergency Department (ED) Social Worker at the Cairns Hospital. Tileah leads the teaching of Narrative Therapy and Community Work through an Aboriginal lens and is a Dulwich Centre Co-Chair of Feminisms, Intersectionality and Narrative Practice. 

Teaching Narrative Practice to First Nations people, and the yarns that take place through these times, is what floats Tileah’s boat! Tileah’s PhD research intends on transforming the Cairns Hospital ED into a place of cultural safety, bringing together her passion for Aboriginal Narrative practice, community work and Emergency care.