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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Marulu: the Lililwan project



Marulu: the Lililwan project is a community-led strategy developed to address Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Fitzroy Valley of Western Australia. A group of Aboriginal leaders have partnered with experts in Aboriginal health, paediatric medicine, human rights advocacy, child protection and a production company to progress the strategy. The project has three components:

In line with the third component of the strategy, the project team will produce two films - a documentary and an educational film - to raise awareness of FASD and its impact on the lives of children, their families, carers and communities living in the Fitzroy Valley.

This project is a collaborative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute, the George Institute for Global Health, and two leading organisations in the Fitzroy Valley: Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services and Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre.

Abstract adapted from the George Institute for Global Health and Telethon Kids Institute


Telethon Kids Institute
Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD
100 Roberts Road
Subiaco WA 6008
PO Box 855
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9489 7724
Fax: (08) 9489 7700

The George Institute, Australia
Level 13, 321 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box M201
Camperdown NSW 2050
Ph: (02) 9657 0300
Fax: (02) 9657 0301

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service
PO Box 59
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
Ph: (08) 9193 0093
Fax: (08) 9193 0094

Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre
Lot 284 Balanijangarri Road
PO Box 43
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
Ph: (08) 9191 5284
Fax: (08) 9191 5611

Related publications

Elliott E (2011)

Alcohol use in pregnancy in remote Australia: the Lililwan Project.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Fitzpatrick JP, Latimer J, Ferreira M, Martiniuk ALC, Peadon E, Carter M, Oscar J, Carter E, Kefford M, Shandley R, Yungabun H, Elliott EJ (2013)

Development of a reliable questionnaire to assist in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 33

Retrieved 7 March 2013 from

Lucas BR, Latimer J, Doney R, Ferreira ML, Adams R, Hawkes G, Fitzpatrick JP, Hand M, Oscar J, Carter M, Elliott EJ (2013)

The Bruininks-Oseretsky test of motor proficiency-short form is reliable in children living in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 135

Retrieved 6 September 2013 from

Yungabun H (2011)

The Lililwan Project: developing a culture - and language‐appropriate FASD diagnostic checklist for history‐taking in an Australian Aboriginal community.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Elliott E, Latimer J, Fitzpatrick J, Oscar J, Carter M (2012)

There's hope in the valley.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 48(3): 190-192


Last updated: 4 November 2015
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