Issue 6
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass and Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Board Chairperson Oscar Datjarraŋa
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass and Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Board Chairperson Oscar Datjarraŋa

MOU makes Indigenous health history

By Leanne Miles

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 said. “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.

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,” she said.

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 said.