Health Resources for Yolngu People of north-east Arnhem Land
The need for real information
Yolngu desperately want access to information in their own language and worldview. These answers need to work from where they are at, dealing with the contradiction and confusion they have around different health issues.
Yolngu have a massive amount of deep, complex knowledge about the animals around them and the dangers in that world. Yet when it comes to medical information, they are often given simplistic information and slogans in English, which they have trouble understanding. Unfortunately, this approach does not satisfy their intellectual requirement, so the information is considered rubbish and not complied with.
Yolngu and other Aboriginal people want factual information down to a deep biomedical level so they can see the real implications. And their language is exceptionally competent to deliver at this level.