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Posted on 05 May, 2016

Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw officially recognised for its contribution to health research by CDU and Menzies School of Health Research

Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw officially recognised for its contribution to health research by CDU and Menzies School of Health Research

The WCE initiative is currently working closely with Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation in conducting research and undertaking community-based activities in Galiwin’ku. Yalu has been guiding CDU in engaging with the community stakeholders and elder since the start of the WCE initiative, and its contribution to the program has been extremely valuable. Ms Rosemary Gundjarranbuy, Yalu’s Manager, has been a strong supporter of the WCE initiative since its inception. She has ensured that community education priorities have been identified with support from WCE campus-based staff. These priorities are now being implemented by Yalu based on the establishment of collaborative service agreement between CDU and Yalu. During our recent visit on the 31st of March 2016, WCE staff participated to the signing of a historic Memorandum Of Understanding between Charles Darwin University, Menzies School of Health Research and Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation. This recognised the collaborative research relationship that has emerged over the past 15 years.

CDU e-news articles written by Leanne Miles to commemorate this historical event:

A historic Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation, Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research.

Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing Principal Research Fellow Dr Anne Lowell said the signing formalised a 15-year cooperative relationship between the entities.

In 1998 the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health funded a project at Galiwin’ku exploring the connections between health and education from Yolŋu perspectives - Dr Lowell
An outcome of this project, led by Senior Community Research Consultant Dr Lawurrpa Maypilama, was the development of the Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw, a community research and education centre. - Dr Lowell

She said many collaborative projects had been conducted between Yalu, Menzies and CDU during the past 15 years.

The aim of the Yalu is to support Indigenous health and well-being through strengthening Yolŋu foundations in kinship, law, land, language and knowledge as well as supporting access to relevant Western knowledge and research - Dr Lowell

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass and CDU Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steven Larkin joined senior staff and community members at the event.

Professor Maddocks, who signed the formal agreement with Professor Cass and Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Board Chairperson Oscar Datjarraŋa, said it was an important event to signify an enduring partnership.

It was a privilege to sign this significant MOU, and to spend time with such forward thinking and passionate community leaders in the Yalu at Galinwin’ku - Professor Maddocks

Source: MOU makes Indigenous health history (CDU E-news Issue 6, Tuesday 26th April 2016)

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