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National empowerment project

 

Overview

The project aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing and reduce community distress and suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, the project builds on an Australian Research Council Indigenous discovery grant, Cultural continuity and change: Indigenous solutions to mental health issues and the Kimberley empowerment project, which was a response to a rise in the suicide rate within that region.

Through the development of a culturally appropriate and locally responsive empowerment, healing and leadership program, the National empowerment project aims to restore the social and emotional wellbeing of communities by enabling them to regain their resilience and to provide an environment that supports the recovery and healing of community members.

Abstract adapted from National empowerment project

Contacts

The University of Western Australia
School of Indigenous Studies
M303 Shenton House
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009

Carolyn Mascall (Project Coordinator)
Ph: (08) 6488 6926
Mob: 0417 278609
Email: carolyn.mascall@uwa.edu.au

Related publications

Wunan Foundation, Empowered Communities Steering Committee (2015)

Empowered communities: empowered peoples: design report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

This report outlines a ten-year social policy framework for the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

The framework was developed from the Empowered communities project that aimed to ensure government policy and investment is guided by local leaders to make a genuine and practical difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Eight Indigenous communities with different histories, locations and population sizes identified similar factors impacting on their cultural and social and emotional wellbeing.

This report is an important contribution to our understanding of how social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous communities can be improved in practice, including ways to reduce community distress associated with suicide.

The report is a joint effort of a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across Australia, brought together by the Jawun Indigenous Partnerships Corporation.

Abstract adapted from The Wunan Foundation

Dudgeon P, Cox A, Walker R, Scrine C, Kelly K, Blurton D, Boladeras J, Bracknell C, Brennan T, Butorac A, Charles A, Collard L, Duffin W, Grogan G, Hams K, Hansen C, Holland C, Ingram D, Mascall C, Mia T, Miller D, McGuire V, Murray B, McGrady G, Peckham M, Riley B, Ryder A, Swift S, Taylor N (2014)

Voices of the Peoples: the National Empowerment Project: national summary report 2014: promoting cultural, social and emotional wellbeing to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Perth, WA: National Empowerment Project, University of Western Australia

The National empowerment project (NEP) is an Aboriginal led research collaboration that worked with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia since 2012. Utilising participatory action research, the NEP team engaged with communities to give people a voice to describe and address the challenges to social and emotional wellbeing, and to begin to look at ways to address these issues on an individual, family and community-wide level.

This report describes the research undertaken with the eight communities and is structured as follows:

The NEP project makes a significant contribution to the emerging evidence-base required to develop a universal health promotion strategy to promote social and emotional wellbeing and mental health and a primary prevention strategy to reduce psychological distress and suicide in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from authors National empowerment project report

Evaluated publications

Dudgeon P, Cox A, Walker R, Scrine C, Kelly K, Blurton D, Boladeras J, Bracknell C, Brennan T, Butorac A, Charles A, Collard L, Duffin W, Grogan G, Hams K, Hansen C, Holland C, Ingram D, Mascall C, Mia T, Miller D, McGuire V, Murray B, McGrady G, Peckham M, Riley B, Ryder A, Swift S, Taylor N (2014)

Voices of the Peoples: the National Empowerment Project: national summary report 2014: promoting cultural, social and emotional wellbeing to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Perth, WA: National Empowerment Project, University of Western Australia

The National empowerment project (NEP) is an Aboriginal led research collaboration that worked with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia since 2012. Utilising participatory action research, the NEP team engaged with communities to give people a voice to describe and address the challenges to social and emotional wellbeing, and to begin to look at ways to address these issues on an individual, family and community-wide level.

This report describes the research undertaken with the eight communities and is structured as follows:

The NEP project makes a significant contribution to the emerging evidence-base required to develop a universal health promotion strategy to promote social and emotional wellbeing and mental health and a primary prevention strategy to reduce psychological distress and suicide in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from authors National empowerment project report

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