Sharing the full and true stories about chronic disease


This project has been developed as a direct response to concerns expressed by Yolŋu about communication and education related to chronic disease through recent research conducted by CDU.

CDU Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing and the Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw received funding from the Department of Health and Ageing's Local Community Campaigns to Promote Better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program.

The Local Community Campaigns are part of the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) designed to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

This project improved access to, and integration of, knowledge and practice from both the Yolŋu and Western domains to promote improvements in both prevention and management of chronic disease.

Over three years (2011-2014), Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw worked in partnership with the Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing at CDU to develop, implement and evaluate a community education project using a Yolŋu approach to promoting health and wellbeing.

The project aimed to:

  • revive positive Yolŋu knowledge and practices related to health
  • improve access to Western health information, particularly related to prevention and management of chronic conditions
  • facilitate more informed decision-making related to risk factors and lifestyle changes and improve uptake of health services and interventions

Many education sessions and workshops have been conducted and many video resources produced by the Yolŋu Project Team often in collaboration with other people, both Balanda and Yolŋu experts. Yolŋu educators developed an approach that provides access to meaningful information in local languages, using an approach that is responsive to local cultural and communication protocols, to increase the opportunity for Yolŋu to make genuinely informed decisions in prevention and management of chronic conditions.

Tree Metaphor: Batumbil talks about getting the right education for Yolŋu

Education about health often only provides the surface story. Yolŋu want to know the deeper stories and their contexts. In this video Batumbil uses a tree metaphor to explain her perspective on some of the problems with health education opportunities for Yolŋu.


Latest News

Twenty videos have now been completed by the Project Team and those that were completed recently are being uploaded to the website and You Tube. The videos are also available on DVD from the Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw (email the Project Co-ordinator Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

Visit the Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw YouTube channel to view all our videos

Launch of the Sharing the full and true stories about chronic disease
The Sharing the Full and True Stories about Chronic Disease Project (funded by Department of Health and Ageing) was launched at Galiwin’ku on the 28th May. Twenty-six senior staff from CDU and Menzies School of Health Research attended (including the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-chancellor, Director of Menzies) as well as the local MLA, community elders, School Principal and students, Shire Councillors, representatives of most local organisations including health services and many community members. The launch was held in conjunction with an event to acknowledge the extensive contributions that Yolŋu at Galiwin’ku have made to research over the past twenty years.

Sharing the full and true stories launch

Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw video workshops
July 26, 2012
We have just completed a block of video training, we filmed, edited and produced finished DVD's.

Using this website
We are making videos under various topics. These can be accessed via the tabbed menu above. Clicking on the oval buttons at the top of the page will take you to other sections of the Yalu website