Mayi Kuwayu is a major new study that will provide a far greater understanding of the value of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Mayi Kuwayu Study looks at how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing is linked to things like connection to country, cultural practices, spirituality and language use.
Our research team will follow a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ask about their culture and wellbeing. As a longitudinal study, we will survey people and then ask them to take the same survey every few years, so that we can understand what influences changes over time.
This is the first time a national study of this type has been done and will provide an evidence base to allow for the creation of better policies and programs.
This study has been created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled research resource.
The Mayi Kuwayu team are experienced at working closely with communities across Australia, and the study has majority Aboriginal staffing and study governance (decision making) structure.By sharing your story, you can help create a better understanding of how culture affects health and wellbeing over time.
Mayi Kuwayu workshop participant testing the survey.
Every generation stands on the shoulders of the last generation. So you and me stand up on shoulders of giants. That's why we're here.
CULTURE IS SO IMPORTANT. WE PROVIDE THE KNOWLEDGE TO OUR YOUNG ONES SO THAT THEY HAVE SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN CARRY ON
- Quote from Mayi Kuwayu Ulladulla Focus Group
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