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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
The University of Western Australia
School of Indigenous Studies
M303 Shenton House
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Ph: (08) 6488 7647
Mob: 0417 278609