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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

Posted on: 17 November, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 4, October 2014 – December 2014
Related to Cultural ways Social and emotional wellbeing New South Wales Queensland Victoria Western Australia

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:

  • chapter one sets out the governance, community selection process, operations, and process of the NEP
  • chapter two describes the findings from the research and draws out the main themes
  • chapter three summarises and makes recommendations from the outcomes of the project.

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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