About Mayi Kuwayu

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The Mayi Kuwayu National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing has been created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This ground-breaking new study will ask what culture means to our people, and to create an understanding of how culture affects our wellbeing including health outcomes.

Our people and communities have been saying for a long time that strong culture is vital to our health and wellbeing. However, there is a lack of evidence that shows how and why this may be so. The Mayi Kuwayu Study aims to provide this evidence.

Aboriginal people across this land have held the world’s oldest continuing cultures for a long time. The strength of our varied cultures is different across the country and is a result of Australia’s history. There is a desire among many people and communities to strengthen, maintain and revive culture.

These strengths may be used to overcome the impacts of colonisation, and help to ensure ongoing resilience and connection to country, people and culture.

Mayi Kuwayu is a powerful response to community concerns about the lack of understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.