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Valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Men

Valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men

 

Project Aim:

This project aimed to identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men remain strong and resilient in the face of adversity in life. It searched for a strengths-based approach in the data, through the use of yarning and film, in order to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in society and the economy, where deficit thinking and colonial practices have created distrust.

 

Project Team:

Project leader: Dr Michael Adams
Project partners: Murdoch University

Administering organisation: Edith Cowan University
Project timeline: 1 May 2018—30 June 2019

 

Methodology

  1. The methodology used yarning and film, in order to allow in-depth conversations about personal strengths in the face of adversity, in group and individual contexts.
  2. The research team was able to engage fully with willing participation with community residents.
  3. To get a full understanding of valuing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males, researchers invited both males and females in the research discussions and data gathering.
  4. Males (young, senior, Elders) and females (grandmothers, mothers, aunties, sisters) were invited to take part in the video interviewing (data collection process) to get their lived experience on valuing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.
  5. This methodology was designed to be adaptable, empowering and culturally sensitive.
  6. It is a qualitative approach that was be co-designed and co-constructed by the young men, in consultation with their Elders, and other cultural leaders and representatives.

 

Project Findings

 

Project Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Generated a strengths-based approach through data as well as the use of yarning and film, in order to understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men can stay resilient in the face of adversity.
Awareness
  • Led to the development of a page on the HealthInfoNet website to assist in spreading the findings of the project.
Behaviour
  • Provided the opportunity for community members to take a lead in the discussion and provide the grounding for future research initiatives and partnerships, and possible policy development.
Skills
  • Provided the opportunity for both the researchers and participants to learn from each other through knowledge exchange, capacity building and community engagement.
  • Fostered the talents and strengths of the young men, teaching highly valuable research and film production skills that will improve their social capital, in addition to the ownership of their own sovereign data.
  • HealthInfoNet provided an opportunity for a young Aboriginal male to be involved in learning and assisting with the editing of the video data.
  • Provided the opportunity for community members to take a lead in the discussion and provide the grounding for future research initiatives and partnerships, and possible policy development.

 

Related resources:

Project leader

Dr Mick Adams

Administering institution:

Edith Cowan University

Completion date:

Expected May 2019