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The Bundap marram durn-durn project, which was initiated by members of Melbourne's Wurundjeri community, aims to support Aboriginal people in Melbourne who have a chronic disease and are also experiencing anxiety or depression.
The project is being conducted in two phases. The first phase involves the collection of information about the experiences and health needs of Aboriginal people in Melbourne who have a chronic disease and are experiencing anxiety or depression. Information is also being collected about the training needs of Aboriginal health workers who work with this group of clients.
The second phase of the project will identify, implement and evaluate a culturally-appropriate, community-based pilot program that will meet the needs of the Wurundjeri community and assist with workforce development to support Aboriginal service providers in helping people manage their own mental health.
Subsequent phases of the project will extend the model's community-based initiative to link up more broadly with general practice, primary care organisations, and other service providers.
The 24-month project is being conducted through a partnership between the Heart Research Centre, the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council, and the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne. It is being funded through a beyondblue research grand and will be completed in 2013.
Abstract adapted from the University of Melbourne and beyondblue
Dr Barbara Murphy
Chief Investigator, Bundap Marram Durn-Durn
Heart Research Centre
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
PO Box 2137
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050
Ph: (03) 9326 8544
Fax: (03) 9326 5066