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Community action to promote child growth in Gapuwiyak: final report on a participatory action research project

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Community action to promote child growth in Gapuwiyak: final report on a participatory action research project

by Smith D

Report
Year 2004
City Casuarina, NT
Institution Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health
Date December 2002

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Poor growth among Indigenous children is a serious health issue in the Northern Territory. This report reviews the Improving Child Growth in the Northern Territory Project which was conducted from 2000 to 2002 in the remote north-east Arnhem Land community of Gapuwiyak. The Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS) initiated this participatory action research project with funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (CRCATH).

The report outlines the rationale for adopting a community development approach that utilises a participatory action research (PAR) framework. It provides definitions of community development concepts, and details strengths and criticisms of the approach. It documents also the:

  • methodology and processes used to increase community involvement in the project;
  • the outcomes of the project and the factors that affected the outcomes; and
  • recommendations from the research.

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