The School of Indigenous Studies is proud to present the National Empowerment Project.
The School of Indigenous Studies is proud to present the National Empowerment Project. The National Empowerment Project (NEP) is an Australia-wide research project that aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing and reduce community distress and suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Professor Pat Dudgeon, Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies, is the NEP Project Director.
Professor Dudgeon and her research team investigated culturally appropriate concepts and perceptions of mental health and suicide within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. With community consultants and working across 11 NEP sites – Kuranda, Cherbourg, Mildura, Geraldton, Perth, Narrogin, Northam/Toodyay, Redern/Sydney, Mount Gambier, Toomelah and Darwin – the project works to restore communities by determining how issues can be addressed, strengthened and transferred into meaningful community-driven programs.
The National Empowerment Project is supported by funding from the Department of Health and Ageing.