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troublemag | March 23, 2018

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Deep Trouble

Deep Trouble

a social work podcast

Following on from our Social Work interview format, the Deep Trouble Podcast places artists, writers, celebrities and public figures in the hands of an expert as they undergo therapeutic techniques based upon the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Socratic Questioning. These interviews delve deep into the psychological underpinnings of the guests in an attempt to find the signs, events, meanings and narratives that have informed their public, creative and private lives.


The Vandemonian War – Dr Nick Brodie
(Hardie Grant Books)

The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even the past – William Faulkner

In this interview, Dr Nick Brodie is in conversation about his new book The Vandemonian War; a revisionist history that details the secret war waged by the British Empire against the Aboriginal Tasmanians. Dr Brodie’s book is a refutation of the myth that the war was simply a bloody frontier feud between pastoralists and Aboriginal tribes, and instead seeks to elucidate the concerted military campaign perpetrated by the British government that drove the Aboriginal tribes off of their native land and to the very brink of extinction. Dr Brodie also discusses how misperceptions and misrepresentation of the past inform the Australian nationalist identity today.
Salt Blood – Associate Professor Michael Adams (winner of the 2017 Calibre Essay prize, Australian Book Review).

There are no words that fit grief. Nothing we can say. We do not want to be told everything is all right. It is not. – Patrick Holland, ‘Silent Plains’ (2014)

Associate Professor Michael Adams won the 2017 Calibre Essay Prize for his essay ‘Salt Blood’ which is a powerful contemplation on free diving, memory and grief. Michael talks about how abandonment, first when his mother left the family and then when his father committed suicide when he was only fourteen years old, has shaped his adult life and relationships. Michael talks about how ‘Salt Blood’ is his attempt to reconcile the past, whilst also being an exploration of the relationship between breath, free diving and meditation, and how these practices have brought him closer to acceptance of his father’s death and his own mortality.

Deep Trouble is Hosted by Dr. Mark Halloran

Photo by Pam Brentnall, Journey by Light photography

Mark Halloran was born in the old Kyneton hospital in 1977, and raised on a sheep and cattle farm on the outskirts of the township. He left school when he was 17 years old and worked first as a roustabout and then as a shearer. He has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (BBSc) Honours and a PhD in neuroscience. He has worked as a research scientist for the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University, Sydney, and has had his research published in several high ranking international scientific journals. He currently lives in Kyneton and works as a clinician within the local correctional facilities.

Dr Mark Halloran’s publication history: Atkin, J. D., Farg, M. A., Soo, K. Y., Walker, A, Halloran, M. A., Turner, B, Nagley, P, Horne, M. K. (2014). Mutant SOD1 inhibits ER-Golgi transport in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, J Neurochem, 129(1), 199-204, doi: 10.1111/jnc.12493. | Farg, M. A., Sundaramoorthy, V, Yang, S, Sultana, J. M., Gleeson, P, Levina, V, Halloran, M., Blair, I. P., Soo, K. Y., Atkin, J. D. (2013). C9orf72, implicated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia, regulates protein degradation pathways [Submitted]. | Halloran, M. A., Parakh, S, Atkin, J. D. (2013). The Role of S-nitrosylation and S-glutathionylation of Protein Disulphide Isomerase (PDI) in Protein Misfolding and Neurodegeneration, Int J Cell Biol. | Kokavec, A, Halloran, M. A. (2010). Consuming a Small-Moderate Dose of Red Wine Alone can Alter the Insulin-Glucose Relationship, Can J Physiol Pharmacol. | Parakh, S, Spencer, D. M., Halloran, M. A., Soo, K. Y., Atkin, J. D. (2013). Redox Regulation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Oxid Med Cell Longev. | Soo, K. Y., Halloran, M. A., Sundaramooorthy, V., Parakh, S., Toth R. P., Southham K. A., McLean C. A., Lock P., King, A. Farg, M. A., Atkin, J. D. (2015). Rab1-dependent ER-Golgi transport dysfunction is a common pathogenic mechanism in SOD1, TDP-43 and FUS-associated ALS, Acta Neuropathol. 130(5), 679-97, doi: 10.1007/s00401-015-1468-1.