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The Bindjareb yorgas health program: Health promotion through a community based research intervention project

Nilson, C.ORCID: 0000-0003-3975-3862, Morrison, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-3389-8393 and Fetherston, C. (2012) The Bindjareb yorgas health program: Health promotion through a community based research intervention project. In: Australian College of Nursing Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference 2012: Shaping & Influencing Primary Health Care, 17 - 19 October 2012, Vines Resort & Country Club, Swan Valley.


The presentation will highlight the holistic framework, the health promotion focus and the research agenda of the Bindjareb Yorgas Health Program [Program], which has been structured to be socially embedded to capitalise on the capacity of its community members.

The Program has been developed in collaboration between researchers from Murdoch University School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Bindjareb women Elders and Leader of the Murray District Aboriginal Association in Pinjarra, Western Australia. The framework is considerate to the Aboriginal social determinants of health and was developed with a focus on the three major principles for guiding health promotion activity, advocacy, meditation and enablement, and the three action areas for undertaking health promotion, creating supportive environments to encourage equitable access; strengthening community actions to enable empowerment; and the development of personal skills in achieving and maintaining wellness.

The four components of the Program reflect the concerns of the community regarding the issues that are compromising their health. By developing health literacy in nutrition and chronic disease management, improved physical activity and a reduction in addictive behaviours the community can begin to tackle the high prevalence of chronic disease, obesity and addiction using preventative steps and solutions they themselves have engineered.

A pilot project funded by the Australian Government through the Swap It Don't Stop It Campaign, is being conducted from September to December 2012, to ensure that the research processes for the yearlong intervention, commencing in February 2013, are suitable. An advisory group has been convened to assess, counsel and validate the Program processes, content and quality. In addition, the Bindjareb woman leader has been appointed as the research associate.

This intervention aims to extend knowledge surrounding existing health promotion initiatives previously designed in Aboriginal communities by implementing a program that ensures community ownership and continued delivery program.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Nursing & Midwifery
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