The mental health and wellbeing of teenagers living in remote Aboriginal communities remains an ongoing concern in Australia… as well as the pressing need to investigate actionable solutions.
Following an initial study in 2009, The Bigiswun Kid project, which will evaluate the health, mental health, and wellbeing young men and women in Aboriginal Communities in the Fitzroy Valley of WA.
The study is community led, with the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre leading the research.
The purpose of the study will look to improve understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and early life trauma on these communities, and help to build capacity to lead the response to the most complex issues facing Aboriginal communities.
CAAMA’s Philippe Perez spoke with a Gooniyandi and Kija woman and the CEO of Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre Emily Carter and Dr Lauren Rice, research fellow at the Brain and Mind Centre, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health.