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Bundap Marram Durn-Durn



The Bundap Marram Durn-Durn Project (‘Good’ ‘Mind’ ‘Body’ in Woiwurrung language) was initiated by members of Melbourne's Wurundjeri community, and aimed to support Aboriginal people in Melbourne who have a chronic disease and are also experiencing anxiety or depression.

The project was conducted in two phases. The first phase involved 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 was also collected about the training needs of Aboriginal Health Workers who work with this group of clients.

The second phase of the project identified, implemented and evaluated a culturally-appropriate, community-based pilot program that aimed to 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 was conducted through a partnership between the Heart Research Centre (now known as Australian Centre for Heart Health), 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 was funded through a beyondblue research grant and was completed in 2013.

Abstract adapted from the University of Melbourne and beyondblue


Dr Barbara Murphy
Australian Centre for Heart Health
Suite 8, 75-79 Chetwynd Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
Box 2137 Post Office
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Melbourne Vic 3050
Ph: (03) 9326 8544

Related publications

Jobling K, Lau P, Kerr D, Higgins RO, Worcester MU, Angus L, Jackson AC, Murphy BM (2016)

Bundap Marram Durn Durn: engagement with Aboriginal women experiencing comorbid chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S30–S35


Last updated: 1 May 2017
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