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In the spirit of respect, Muru Marri acknowledges this country as belonging to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. Australia is the only place in the world where Indigenous Australians belong, and there is no place in Australia where this is not true.

How Aboriginal youth can overcome adversity

The first step in breaking the vicious cycle of disadvantage and empowering young indigenous Australians is to look at our communities' circumstances through a different lens.  Research by Muru Marri reported in The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Indigenous Youth: Reviewing and Extending the Evidence and Examining its Implications for Policy and Practice captures the elements that led to the success programs that seek to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous young people.  See full News article.

This report was launched at UNSW’s symposium on Indigenous health research: Dreaming up the Future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health, which was held on Friday, 11 October. The central theme of the symposium is that for research and programs to make a positive difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, they must be based on “Indigenous ways of learning, knowing and being”.  See Symposium details.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Melissa Haswell.


Latest news

Celebrating six Aboriginal public health graduates

We are thrilled to share news of six new Aboriginal public health graduates. All from the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney, their combined experience in the Aboriginal community controlled sector measures several decades. Their graduation in 2013 marks another milestone in their commitment and leadership to Aboriginal health. Muru Marri is incredibly proud to have walked this journey with these six remarkable women.
Ms Dea Delaney-Thiele and Ms Sheilah Hure graduate with a Master of Public Health. Aunty Elaine Lomas, Ms Joanne Delaney, Ms Jennifer King and Ms Sethy Willie graduate with Graduate Certificates in Public Health, the focus of their studies being Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing. 

image - Muru MarriL-R: Sethy Willie, Joanne Delaney, Dea Delaney-Thiele, Sheilah Hure, Jennifer King with Prof Lisa Jackson Pulver from Muru Marri. Front: Aunty Elaine Lomas



UNSW an Essential Participant of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

UNSW has joined 13 other research institutions and Aboriginal community controlled organisations with experience in health research as an Essential Participant of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH). The CRCATSIH is hosted by the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. Muru Marri Director, Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, is a permanent board member of the Lowitja Institute and said of her appointment:

As a public health epidemiologist, as a Koori woman, as a researcher who is dedicated to a whole-of-life approach to Aboriginal health, I’m delighted to be able to participate and bring my skills set to such an esteemed group.

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The Muru Marri logo reflects our interconnection between health and education and the communities we serve. It shows people listening and learning through their many stories, and the translation of such learning into new knowledge and teaching. The open hand signifies our many journeys of health and wellness, history, learning, togetherness and belonging. The concentric circles in the palm of the hand honour each one of our stages of growth and healing over our life-course, grounded in our place in the world. The next three rings represent First Peoples' diverse countries and cultures and our interconnectedness; and the outer square signifies our place within the academy. Importantly the whole of the picture is greater than its parts, and symbolises how what happens in one place affects all the others through profound and sacred connections. It shows that health and wellbeing is more than the absence of disease, but is a reflection of one's spiritual and emotional relationships to Land and Country, Community and Family, Ancestry and Culture. This concept of health and wellbeing forms the core and philosophy of Muru Marri’s work.