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Culture Makes You Stronger' Aboriginal women's voices from the South Coast of NSW

conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by M Longbottom, Bronwyn Fredericks, J Sherwood, R Bolt, R Speare, K Usher, P Buettner, K Tsey, Jennifer JuddJennifer Judd
This paper will describe a community based research project examining the health and wellbeing of a sample of Aboriginal women in Australia, and present preliminary findings of a community needs analysis. The Shoalhaven Koori Women’s Study (SKWS) is being led by an Aboriginal woman based within Waminda, an Aboriginal women’s community controlled service located on the South Coast of NSW. The community needs analysis is the first stage of the SKWS, and aims to explore Aboriginal women’s perceptions and experiences of wellness and wellbeing, including issues related to their personal strengths, health and social priorities, support needs and that of their families. Thirty Aboriginal women were interviewed using a survey that included closed and open ended questions. Methods used to administer the survey included yarning and Dadirri (deep listening), two valid and culturally safe approaches for data collection with Aboriginal people. Adopting these approaches ensured Aboriginal protocols were maintained and upheld throughout the research process. This enabled scientific rigour while also ensuring activities were culturally safe. Key findings of the survey will be presented, and how Waminda is modifying service delivery to better respond to the health and social priorities of Aboriginal women in the Shoalhaven region will be discussed. Community feedback of survey results will occur to validate the analysis from the community perspective


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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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James Cook University; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Office of Indigenous Engagement; University of New South Wales; University of Technology, Sydney; Waminda;

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AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference