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Pika Wiya Kuthupa project



The Pika Wiya Kuthupa project (Wongi 'not sick, different one') aims to investigate the needs of Aboriginal families caring for a child with a disability in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA). Through story-telling and community consultations, culturally appropriate supports and services will be developed or improved as directed by local Aboriginal families caring for child and adolescent family members with a disability.

A community reference group, Tjina Maala (Wongi 'going on a journey'), made up of local Aboriginal people who care for people with disabilities has been established to guide the project. The Community Engagement Officer based in Kalgoorlie, WA, works collaboratively with local service providers to build their and the families' capacity to access services in the Goldfields. A number of story-telling sessions will be held within the community and will engage with Aboriginal parents, carers, siblings and young people with a disability. Funded by the 'Non-government centre support scheme', this project is headed by The Centre for Cerebral Palsy in consultation with a number of other disability service providers in WA.

The Centre for Cerebral Palsy abstract


Dr Jillian Pearsall-Jones
Project Leader
Pika Wiya Kuthupa project
The Centre for Cerebral Palsy
106 Bradford Street
Coolbinia WA 6050
PO Box 61
Mount Lawley WA 6929
Ph: (08) 9443 0249
Fax: (08) 9444 7299

Related publications

Pika Wiya Kuthupa project team (2013)

Pika Wiya Kuthupa project newsletters.

Perth: The Centre for Cerebral Palsy


Last updated: 4 November 2014
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