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'We know they healthy cos they on country with old people": Demonstrating the value of the Yiriman Project, 2010-2013

Palmer, D. (2013) 'We know they healthy cos they on country with old people": Demonstrating the value of the Yiriman Project, 2010-2013. Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre

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Before making a number of points in relation to the Committee’s inquiry it is important that I introduce myself. I am presently a tenured academic at Murdoch University and responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Community Development Programme. I also spend considerable time in my role as a researcher carrying out evaluations of projects designed to respond to the needs of Aboriginal communities. Over the course of the last 25 years I have been visiting the Kimberley region for various research and professional purposes. Since 2004 I have had the opportunity of working in conjunction with the Yiriman Project, studying the organization and its work with young people. From 2010-2013 I undertook a formal evaluation of Yiriman’s work at their invitation.

I would live to begin by applauding the Committee’s decision to carry out work examining the challenges that face Aboriginal people and the awful incidence of suicide.

What follows are observations about one programme that, in part, is designed to respond to the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal young people in the southern Kimberley region. I will do this by making reference to some of the findings of my research report.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Series Name: Final Report. Yiriman Project
Publisher: Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
Copyright: © 2013 Yiriman Project
UNSD Goals: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42383
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