NI News

Gavin Morris

Truth telling at Daly River

05 September 2019

A truth-telling project that captured the impacts of colonisation and traditional healing practices of the Nauiyu community at Daly River will be the subject of a major presentation at a research conference in Darwin tomorrow.

PhD candidate Gavin Morris and Adjunct Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann (AO) will present on “Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives of researching in an Aboriginal community, challenges and opportunities” at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Higher Degree Research Conference.

The study was requested by the Nauiyu community and is the first time the Indigenous research methodology, known as Dadirri, has been used at home in Daly River. Read more....

Dr Sarah Ireland and Northern Institute Principal Research Fellow Elaine Lawurrpa Maypilama

Empowering midwives in the NT

02 September 2019

Excellence in midwifery took centre stage at the recent “Tips, Tricks and Tales” Midwifery Conference at Casuarina campus, organised by the Student Midwives in Darwin club.

One of the organisers, Ashlee Guerin said the students were excited to present an extraordinary mix of local and interstate speakers, who spoke on a wide range of topics.

“It was a rare opportunity in Darwin to hear from these professionals directly and we were all captivated,” she said. CDU E-news story

Aspro Linda Ford

CDU researcher to honour Charles Perkins

02 September 2019

One of CDU’s leading Aboriginal researchers has been chosen to present a prestigious oration named after Dr Charles Perkins AO, the first Aboriginal man in Australia to graduate from university and one of the country’s most influential figures of the late 20th century.

The University of Sydney’s Dr Charles Perkins AO Memorial Oration was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of his dedication to human rights and social justice for Indigenous Australians.

Orators are chosen for their outstanding contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their community, country and society. Full news here

Guest lecturer at the HDR Conference Dr Hugh Kearns and PhD candidate Gavin Morris.

Conference to showcase CDU research

29 August 2019

Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Higher Degree Research (HDR) will be under the microscope at the HDR Futures Conference on Casuarina campus next week (4-6 September). The event will champion a sustainable future and showcase some of the university’s finest minds.

The conference will also feature the work of PhD candidate Gavin Morris and Honorary Doctor and Adjunct Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, which explored Indigenous trauma and healing from a community perspective.

Mr Morris and Dr Rose investigated how traditional healing practices could be incorporated into mainstream health services to address intergenerational trauma at Nauiyu, about 220km southwest of Darwin. Read more.....


Dr Linda Ford, Chloe & Emily in PULiiMA 2019

NI Researchers share their research at PULiiMA 2019

23 August 2019

NI’s Principal Research Fellow, Aspro Linda Ford, Research Assistant Chloe Ford and Junior Research Assistant Emily Ford presented at the ''PULiiMA 2019 Indigenous Languages & Technology Conference” in Darwin on Thursday, 22 August 2019. Their presentation was called 'NT Mak Mak Marranunggu Languange Program”.

PULiiMA Indigenous Language and Technology Conference is a biennial event aimed at bringing people together from all over Australia and internationally to explore pioneering project ideas and exciting products and equipment that can be used in community based Indigenous languages projects. The conference allows people to network with an inspirational group of people who all share a common ambition of preserving and celebrating the languages of your country. Visit the conference website:

Nina Lawrence

New book from NI PhD student

21 August 2019

Northern Institute is delighted to announce that our PhD student Nina Lawrence has published a new book ‘Clever Crow’ (Magabala Books). This book has been nominated as finalists for 2019 International Book Awards (Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category)

One of the most notable features of the book is the Djambarrpuynu (a Yolnu language from North East Arnhem land) translation that is woven into the design. This is extended at the end of the book with a glossary of words and an orthography which gives tips for sounding out letters phonetically. The author, Nina is a descendant of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji mob and is passionate about the preservation and promotion of Indigenous Australian languages. Find out more:

Congratulations Nina!

Dr Linda Ford & Honorary Dr Yih-Ren Lin

Dr Linda Ford hosted an afternoon visit from our international Honorary Dr Yih-Ren Lin from Taipei Medical University (TMU) today

14 August 2019

Dr Lin is the Director, Research Centre for Humanistic Innovation and Social Engagement at TMU. Dr Lin does research in Ecology, Ethnobotany and Geography and is an expert in Social and Cultural Anthropology. He was very interested to hear more about the Indigenous seasonal posters that Northern Institute has produced like our Gäwa Yolŋu and Mak Mak Marranunggu calendars (see pic).

Dr Lin also met with our researchers Professor Barry Judd and Dr Judy Lovell when he travelled to Alice Springs recently. He plans to come back to the NT in the future and hopes to further his research collaboratively with CDU.

Thank you to Dr Michelle Moss from the College of Health and Human Sciences for facilitating the visit with Dr Lin.

Governor Philip Lowe

Gäwa Yolŋu Seasonal poster is now framed and proudly hanging in Governor Philip Lowe's office

13 August 2019

Governor Philip Lowe of the Reserve Bank of Australia has sent us a photograph of our Gäwa Yolŋu Seasonal poster, a gift from Senior researcher Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka AO from his visit to Darwin in July. Facebook photos HERE

You can find details on how to buy your own copy of the Gäwa seasonal poster here:

PPP Seminar - Dany & Melanie

PPP Seminar by Professor Dany Adone and Dr Melanie Brueck

08 August 2019

Thank you to NI Honorary Professor Dany Adone and Dr Melanie Brueck of University of Cologne (Germany) for once again taking the time to visit us and present on your incredibly valuable Indigenous Sign Language research work.

See seminar destail HERE

Batchelor writing retreat

Batchelor writing retreat

08 August 2019

What a successful writing retreat, recently held in Batchelor, looks like - to read all about it visit HERE

This writing retreat was proudly supported by Northern Institute.