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The Bindjareb yorgas health program



The Bindjareb yorgas health program (BYHP) has been developed at the request of the Bindjareb women from the Murray District Aboriginal Association (MDAA) in Pinjarra, Western Australia in collaboration with Caroline Nilson from Murdoch University, School of Health Professions. The BYHP is a research intervention program, which has been running since September 2012 and will continue on current funding until June 2013. Thereafter, it is anticipated that the BYHP will continue in a modified form, under community control in collaboration with partner organisations.

The BYHP is multifaceted and is comprised of four components; cooking and nutrition classes, group fitness classes, health information yarning classes and a community vegetable garden. This combination was agreed upon as it specifically addressed the Bindjareb women's concerns regarding the need for a more culturally appropriate approach to health promotion and health education to address health issues being experienced in their community. In addition, the BYHP is aimed at mobilising the community to engage in activities that will develop individual, social and community capacity.

The BYHP is currently being delivered during the school terms in the Mother of All Sheds (MOASH) building, a community centre provided by the Community Development Foundation, which is situated on the grounds of the Pinjarra Primary School. The community vegetable garden is being established on the MDAA native land. It is anticipated that the delivery of the BYHP will relocate to the Murray District Aboriginal Association (MDAA) Centre (Centre), Hampton Road, Pinjarra, Western Australia, when refurbishment of the Centre is complete.

The objectives of the BYHP are:

Nutrition education and cooking classes
To develop the knowledge base necessary to implement good food into everyday life by:

Group fitness sessions
To develop the knowledge base of the importance of physical activity in maintaining health and wellbeing by:

Group walking through native land
To encourage participation in community owned projects aimed at identification and conservation of native flora and fauna by:

Community vegetable garden
To encourage the community to create sustainable green spaces for gardening, food production, gathering, education and marketing by:

Health information yarning
To develop knowledge on disease prevention and chronic disease management by:

The BYHP research intervention has been made possible by grants received from:

Murdoch University abstract


Caroline Nilson
Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Murdoch University, School of Health Professions
Peel Campus
Education Drive
Manduarh WA 6210
Ph: (08) 9582 5509

Related publications

Nilson C (2012)

A partnership with women and Binjareb leaders and elders.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 37

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 7 August 2014
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