Healthy Country, Health People

Project Details

Overarching aim: To showcase initiatives and identify partnership opportunities to highlight the wellbeing benefits of connection to Country across Victoria. Specific aims: To explore how caring for Country principles are being implemented in Victoria and the impact they have on wellbeing;

  • To identify the potential contribution, partnerships and collaborations that Parks Victoria and other government departments, Aboriginal community controlled and non-government organisations (especially in the health sector) play in promoting the Healthy Country, Healthy People concept in Victoria;
  • To work with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal health organisations, academics and other key stakeholders to ensure the wellbeing benefits of Caring for Country can be promoted to a wider audience.

Project Summary

Healthy Country, Health People is a research initiative that involves the compilation of case studies highlighting caring for Country initiatives occurring in Aboriginal Victorian communities examining their wellbeing benefits. It aims to identify what methods work in promoting caring for Country principles and look at how to better connect Aboriginal communities to Parks. The research also involves a network and partnership analysis to understand how to best promote the Healthy Country, Healthy People initiative in Victoria. A report and recommendations were produced using the collected data which linked back to community. It applied an action and participatory approach to the research. The report was evidence based and community informed, providing Parks Victoria with strategies for investing in community-led caring for Country projects that improve the health and wellbeing of not only individuals but Aboriginal Victorian communities.


Professor Kerry Arabena

Dr Kenneth Winkel


Parks Victoria - $30,000, Current

Start date May 2015 and continuing

Research Group

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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