Central Land Council (CLC) rangers project

In May 2017, Associate Professor Ray Lovett and Mayi Kuwayu staff surveyed the Central Land Council (CLC) rangers to ask about their work on country. CLC rangers work on a number of caring for country and land management activities.

The Mayi Kuwayu team wanted to find out if their work as rangers had an effect on health and wellbeing.

Those surveyed included CLC rangers living in small remote towns or remote and very remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. A total of 42 people completed the survey.

Key findings

  • Greater levels of engagement in caring for country equals substantial gains in life satisfaction.
  • Level of engagement in bush medicine use showed considerable benefit to all four factors of health and wellbeing.
  • Cultural factors such as dance, art, ceremony and kinship, and language use translate to substantial benefits to general health and life satisfaction.

  • Overwhelmingly, benefits to their employment as rangers include pride, satisfaction in being on country and feeling stronger or happier.

    Apart from the huge job satisfaction for those employed in the ranger program, its benefits extend to families and communities as a whole.

    The questionnaire of CLC rangers is crucial in determining the questions and measures used in the Mayi Kuwayu Study.

    It is also the beginning of evidence for how Aboriginal land management programs may affect health and wellbeing outcomes.