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Ngaripirliga'ajirri early intervention program



This early intervention program was introduced by the Tiwi Health Board for Tiwi primary aged children. The program is an adaption of the Exploring together program designed to meet the specific cultural and family structures of the Tiwi population. Introduced into three Tiwi primary schools during 2000-2004, the 10 week program involved 6-8 children with one parent each, and concentrated on building the social skills for the children, parenting skills for the adults, and the overall parent-child relationship of the participants.

An evaluation by Charles Darwin University found that 50% of the children participating in the program had a marked decline in the behavioural problems they were experiencing prior to the commencement of the program. The program was initially funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, with additional funds provided by beyondblue.

Related publications

Robinson G, Tyler W (2008)

Ngaripirliga'ajirri: the implementation of Exploring Together on the Tiwi Islands.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 7(1): 1-11

Evaluated publications

Robinson G, Tyler B (2006)

Ngaripirliga'ajirri: an early intervention program on the Tiwi Islands: final evaluation report.

Casuarina, NT: School for Social and Policy Research, Charles Darwin University

This is the final evaluation report concerning Ngaripirliga-ajirri, an Indigenous version of Exploring Together a targeted program for children and parents focusing on children's social skills and parenting management training. The report describes: the development and implementation of the Tiwi adaptation of the program; comprehensive findings concerning program outcomes; and the evaluation techniques.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 8 August 2013
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