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Uncle-Nephew Program



This good practice model has been implemented in various aboriginal corporations throughout Australia, including Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in Nhulunbuy NT, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah ACT.
The Uncle-Nephew Program provides a space for men to address the disempowerment they live, to discuss and share their feelings with their mob in a culturally safe environment. 'Uncle-Nephew' approach is used as a strategy to deal with Aboriginal men's issues. Uncle-Nephew is a cultural way of teaching and relating through family kinship and ceremonial responsibility. It supports and affirms values and beliefs that are fundamental to Aboriginal men's view of the world, and Aboriginal society.
The Uncle-Nephew Program seeks the empowerment of Aboriginal men and their communities. This is crucial to the raising of men's self-esteem, quality of life, their health status and spiritual well being. Indigenous men must take a leading role in improving their own health status and that of their communities. Community involvement, consultation and providing the opportunity for men to define and take control of the issues that affect them is paramount to achieving positive and successful outcomes.

Related publications

Spry F (1999)

The uncle-nephew program.

Paper presented at the 1st National Indigenous Male Health Convention. 4-5 October, 1999, Ross River Homestead, Northern Territory


Last updated: 22 December 2009
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