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Djirruwang program



The Djirruwangprogram at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in New South Wales (NSW) provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with an opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health).

The course was developed in collaboration with Aboriginal community-based organisations, the mental health industry and CSU to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It evolved from a pilot program in 1994 at the Southern Area Health Service, NSW.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is conducted through the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU. In 2005 The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health in conjunction with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry undertook an external evaluation of the program. The program is funded by the social health section of the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Abstract adapted from Charles Sturt University


Faye McMillan
Program Director, Djirruwang
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health
Charles Sturt University
Wagga Wagga campus
Location 002/113
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
Ph/Fax: (02) 6933 4202

Related publications

Rigby W (2008)

The Djirruwang experience: a Ganma metaphor, an interactionary program that respects the integrity of both Indigenous and mainstream culture.

Rigbye W (2007)

The Djirruwang Program.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 31(3): 19

Brideson T, Kanowski L (2004)

The struggle for systematic 'adulthood' for Aboriginal mental health in the mainstream: the Djirruwang Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Program.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 3(3)

Retrieved from

Jeeawody A, Havelka J (2002)

The Djirruwang National Indigenous Mental Health Pilot Project: addressing promotion and prevention.

Auseinetter; (15): 7-10

Evaluated publications

Grosvenor J, Montague R, Toomey T, Glover R (2006)

Djirruwang program external evaluation.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health


Last updated: 20 March 2018
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