Edward Dean

State Coordinator - Aboriginal & Islander Health, Diabetes Australia-Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

About Edward

Bio

I am an Aboriginal [Muluk] man from the western Northern Territory homelands, particularly the Daly [Nauiyu] River. I have worked in Aboriginal communities, urban, rural and remote of Northern Territory and Queensland in social policy, engagement, project/program management in chronic disease [primary health], mental health, child safety, suicide prevention and presently raising awareness about diabetes - the new epidemic for Indigenous people. I have a dream to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people managing and controlling their own lives and communities on equal footing with other Australian communities - and not be down-trodden, patronised, marginalised, discriminated against and controlled by others.

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous health issues

An idea worth spreading

The notion that government is always right and has all the answers no longer holds true - it is through partnerships, respect and valuing our culture and beliefs, that sustainable and relevant outcomes will occur.

I'm passionate about

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and seeing my people participating equitably in all aspects of society within Australia and valued for their contribution in the arts, health, education.

Talk to me about

Anything Aboriginal, Daly [Nauiyu] River, our 13 seasons and what they mean to us, my people's stories, the Northern Territory and my culture...

People don't know I'm good at

Story telling, playing the mandolin and cooking...

Comments & conversations

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Edward Dean
Posted over 3 years ago
What was the most defining moment in your life during this past year?
The most defining moment for me in early 2011 was a stroke that shattered my world. I was a fit, healthy [so I thought] 50 year old who visited the gym everyday - I walked every second day and generally ate very well. But, an unthought of enemy [cholesterol] was my demise and and suddenly turned my life upside down. I am lucky it was only a blockage and not a haemorrhage [permanent damage] and it affected my right side. I have worked hard and I can say that my prior healthy lifestyle has helped tremendously in my rehabilitation. I am now about 95% recovered and have returned to work. The reason I have told everyone my story is because you never know what life is going to throw at you - so live your life to the fullest, if you are thinking about travelling, trying a new experience, learning a new language or learning a new skill - just do it! And above all, have regular health check-ups...
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Edward Dean
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you celebrate this season? What are your rituals, traditions and foods? Tell us about yours from around the globe or around the block
Being an Aboriginal person in Australia, I practice Christmas the conventional way but in the new year, I return to my Mother's country and practice my culture. We have 13 seasons during the year and at this time the storms [Kudede Season] come and cleanse the rivers and waterways so that the land can re-generate with new plant and animal life. There is always sunshine after rain and telling our stories about the our country keeps us strong...
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Edward Dean
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you have to be grateful for today?
Wow!! Such insightful musings in terms of being grateful - I would like to add the following in that I am grateful to my mother - who was a 'stolen' generation person in Australia and therefore didn't have a mother to teach her - and her graciousness whilst gently guiding me through life's cycle to have a full and satisfying life. Although there were many low points in my life, the high points more than made up for them...
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Edward Dean
Posted over 3 years ago
Future books should have animations along with still images.
This idea will certainly encourage learning, particularly for little one's. Imagine if the subject matter allowed the 'reader' to see ['actions], hear the 'story' and participate in the direction [interactive] of the story. Having various directions, a story will also encourage 'decision-making' by the reader and sound analyse of all of the facts presented - interesting!!