Identifying facilitators to living on and off Country in Central Australia

The University of Sydney will identify the factors that inhibit and enable Anangu and Yarnangu people with disabilities in the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands to live a life they desire on or off Country. This study will address concerns raised by communities about people being moved off Country in order to access supports and services.

The study will use culturally appropriate qualitative research practices to explore the diverse experiences and realities regarding individual and community health and wellbeing. In-depth interviews will include people with disabilities living both on and off Country. Situational analysis will ascertain the symbolic meanings and social interactions that lead to the factors that influence Anangu and Yarnangu people to choose to either remain or leave their Country to live the life they desire.

The research findings will provide recommendations for alternative service system models of support that will enable Anangu and Yarnangu people with disabilities to make choices about where and how they live to achieve optimal individual and family outcomes. Learning from the research will contribute to the current national government policy and research priority areas for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.

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