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The Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales has released a new landmark report titled The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth: reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice, that highlights how young Indigenous Australians can overcome adversity.
The key finding of the report was that Australia can break the impasse in combating Indigenous disadvantage by identifying and emulating elements of success, instead of constantly focusing on failures to deliver meaningful change.
The report emphasises the importance of focusing on programs that build personal resilience and strength among Indigenous youth, and cites a number of successful existing programs as models from which to base new programs moving forward.
'Programs that are working effectively emphasise the strengths of young people, encourage positive behaviour and participation, and support culturally appropriate self-belief and self-esteem,' said Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of New South Wales, and co-author of the report.
She is further quoted to say, 'Programs that provide flexible opportunities for young people to discover and celebrate their Aboriginality can give them the space to heal, to create and have fun and, ultimately, to meet their personal goals.'
Source: University of New South Wales
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of New South Wales
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