Aboriginal Wellbeing

The Aboriginal Wellbeing research project represents a knowledge partnership between the Nulungu Research Institute at Notre Dame, the Kimberley Institute and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australia National University (ANU) in Canberra.

The project aims to improve Aboriginal wellbeing by recognizing the central importance of land to Aboriginal peoples’ identity, spirituality, community and culture, and the influence of this relationship on the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

The research specifically reflects engagement with Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Its focus lies within the investigation and understanding of cultural and corporate governance frameworks and operations across Australia and how these organisational structures intersect with various Aboriginal communities and customs.

Project leader: Assoc/Prof Sandra Wooltorton

Research team members: Prof Patrick Sullivan, Dr Kathryn Thorburn, Ms Melissa Marshall, Dr Lynley Wallis, Ms Anna Dwyer, Mr Steve Kinnane and Prof Juli Coffin.

Postgraduate research student: Gloria Lockyer-Keys