Topic: Politicising my great-grandmother’s postpartum experience

Presenter: Kirsty Oehlers

Date and time: 23 September 2019

Venue: Anglicare WA

Address: 23 Adelaide Terrace  East Perth

Cost: AAFT Members $15 /Non-AAFT Members $25


This presentation will explore family therapy and reunification when a mother has been deemed incapable of caring for her child/ren. I will present an autobiographical account of my great-grandmother institutionalised with post-partum psychosis and make connections with present day discourses about non-residential mothers in contested Family Court cases.

Kirsty Oehlers is a social worker and child and family therapist with 20 years’ experience providing therapy in complex family situations, including contested Family Court cases. She currently manages the West Leederville Counselling Centre, which specialises in working with children and families. She is also a Lecturer in Social Work at Curtin University where she teaches child development, counselling and working with families. She has a special interest in the impact of family histories on child-rearing. Kirsty is also a writer of poetry, autoethnography and blogs.