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Indigenous Youth Wellbeing


New research suggests that to meet the needs of Indigenous youth, Australia’s health and education systems must adopt practices that provide cultural safety and positive meanings about Aboriginality.

In this episode, David is joined by Professor Rhonda Oliver, Head of Curtin’s School of Education, and Dr Michael Wright, a mental health researcher and Yuat Nyungar man, to discuss what needs to be done to ensure the wellbeing of Australia’s young Indigenous people is improving.

  • How the NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) is disadvantaging Australia’s Indigenous youth (02:02)
  • What needs to be done to ensure mental health services for Indigenous youth become more effective (08:37)
  • Defining why translanguaging is important to Indigenous communities (10:59)
  • How cultural safety of Indigenous people is being affected by Western worldviews (15:47)
  • Why Australia’s Indigenous youth experience more unfair treatment in education settings than elsewhere (22:42).


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You can read the full transcript for the episode here.