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IBN Community part of national cultural study

IBN is collaborating with researchers as part of a major new study that will provide a far greater understanding of the value of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Mayi Kuwayu Study looks at how wellbeing is linked to things like connection to country, cultural practices, spirituality and language use. The study has been created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled research resource.

Research teams, assisted by IBN staff, will be meeting with our members all over the Pilbara in the coming months to complete the survey. As this is a longitudinal study, researchers will be surveying people and then asking them to take the same survey every few years, so they can understand what influences changes over time.

This is the first time a national study of this type has been done and will provide an evidence base to allow for the creation of better policies and programs.

IBN is excited to be involved in his important work and we will utilise the information gathered to inform the future development of our own programs and services. Further information will be available as the teams travel to Pilbara towns and communities, or by contacting Jerson Vargas, Field Officer, IBN on 1800 014 401.

The next survey location: Monday, October 28, 10am-3pm, at Banyjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (BNTAC) offices, 1/165 Adelaide Tce, Perth. No appointment required, just turn up.