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An Australia-wide project led by the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) is aiming to address social and emotional well being issues and high suicide rates experienced among Indigenous communities around Australia.
The National empowerment project (NEP) involves the recruitment of local Indigenous people from eight sites around Australia, to help lead their local communities toward empowerment and promotion of cultural, social and emotional wellbeing. The project is unique and innovative in that it combines traditional western approaches with culturally appropriate and locally responsive empowerment, healing and leadership responses devised in each community.
Professor Pat Dudgeon, a valued Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) consultant, member of the AIH Social and Emotional Wellbeing Reference Group and Research Fellow at the UWA School of Indigenous Studies is the NEP Project Director. Professor Dudgeon says that issues such as colonisation, poverty, unemployment, isolation, discrimination, Stolen generation repercussions and disempowerment contribute to Indigenous Australians being at risk.
The program is currently in it's final stages of development and is planned to run for six weeks in each site.
Source: University of Western Australia
Dr Sally-Anne Jones
School of Indigenous Studies
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Ph: (08) 6488 3743
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