Current Projects

Walgett Youth Justice Working Group  

The main focus of recent effort around the goals of our Action Plan for Children and Young People is the establishment and regular convening of the Walgett Youth Justice Working Group by Peta MacGillivray, UNSW Partnership Manager. One of the critical needs identified by the DEG and others in the community in Walgett is an integrated, coordinated program focussed on improving collaboration between and accountability around the agencies responsible for justice outcomes for Walgett young people. The Walgett Youth Justice Working Group brings together for the first time the agencies and organisations with direct responsibility or involvement with children and young people involved in the criminal justice system, and includes representatives from Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, Legal Aid NSW, NSW Police, NSW Juvenile Justice, Mission Australia, and local Magistrate Claire Girotto.  

Project lead: Professor Rebecca Ivers, UNSW Sydney 

Investigators: Dr Melanie Andersen, UNSW Sydney; Dr Kate Hunter, The George Institute for Global Health; Christine Erskine, Kidsafe Australia; Kathleen Clapham, University of Wollongong; Christine Corby, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service; Dr Ruth McCausland, Peta MacGillivray, Wendy Spencer, Yuwaya Ngarra-li.  

Funding Partner: Funding for this research ($500,000) has been provided from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). The MRFF provides funding to support health and medical research and innovation, with the objective of improving the health and wellbeing of Australians. MRFF funding has been provided to The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre under the MRFF Boosting Preventive Health Research Program. 

Collaborators: UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service 

Aboriginal children have higher rates of injury than non-Indigenous children, particularly in remote areas. Community led interventions are likely to be the most effective means of preventing child injuries, but there is a scarcity of research or evaluated programs. This collaboration will include a rigorous evaluation of a community led child injury prevention program in partnership with WAMS. The project will enable the development of a culturally safe co-produced program and provide evidence on the feasibility and acceptability of the program. 

Over the next three years, the Healthy Nutrition and Hydration Program will be a major focus for Yuwaya Ngarra-l. It will be delivered in two phases.  

Euragai Goondi Community Garden Resilience Project  

The first phase is focused on specific activities to improve the productivity and resilience of the WAMS Community Garden, including rehabilitating existing beds to enable water efficient, drought tolerant year-round rotational planting of leaf, legume and salad crops and fruit trees.  

Key Collaborators: Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), UNSW Global Water Institute (GWI), UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment (BE), UNSW Engineering, IMPACT Engineering, The George Institute for Global Health.  

In the first phase, we will also be focused on the development of water kiosks in public spaces in Walgett to provide ready access to a supply of chilled, filtered (low-sodium) water which will have positive public health benefits for the whole community.  

Key Collaborators: Walgett AMS, UNSW-GWI, Walgett Shire Council  

The second phase is focused on the management and integration of local food production into a community food systems approach to improve nutrition and wellbeing in Walgett.  

Key Collaborators: Walgett AMS, The George Institute for Global Health, Walgett Community College. 

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