Category Archives: Health

Multimodal discourse forms in Aboriginal Sand-stories

As an Artist I’m fascinated by the discourse form of sand stories, common to many indigenous australian groups. Long before powerpoint and prezi presentations, many Aboriginal groups were making good use of multimodal discourse forms. I’ve attached some clips, and … Continue reading

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Native language in the media

In every culture around the world there are socially undesirable activities that occur, which destroy the health and mind of community members. In the main-stream culture of Australia, there are campaigns that target speeding, smoking, teen-age drinking, ecstacy use and … Continue reading

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Languages key to closing the gap.

An article that came up in the 9 network news has the Commonwealth Ombudsman again stressing the importance of language maintenance and appropriate interpreting services. You can read the article here. The Ombudsman argues that survival of Indigenous languages and … Continue reading

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Byalawa-breaking down communication barriers.

A new website has just been launched which aims to assist medical professionals to break down communication barriers between health professionals and Indigenous people. You can read a news article about the site here. Byalawa intends to ‘facilitate the acquisition … Continue reading

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Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities.

The Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory¬†facebook group posted this link¬†this morning. The Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs has announced an inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities with particular focus on: The benefits of giving … Continue reading

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Yolngu Language Learning Resources

Following on from my last post about learning Yolngu through Charles Darwin University, here are some more resources for learning Yolngu at your own pace. The Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) have a whole lot of books, tapes and … Continue reading

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Interview regarding interpreting needs of Indigenous Australians.

Recently this report was released by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, highlighting the need for interpreters when Government agencies are communicating with Aboriginal people. In this interview, Acting Ombudsman Alison Larkins speaks with SBS about the need for increased use of interpreters. … Continue reading

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