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Engaging the practice of yarning in Action Research

Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Adams, Karen, Finlay, Summer May, Fletcher, Gillian, Andy, Simone, Briggs, Lyn, Briggs, Lisa, & Hall, Robert (2011) Engaging the practice of yarning in Action Research. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 17(2), pp. 7-19.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the technique of ‘yarning’ as an action research process relevant for policy development work with Aboriginal peoples. Through a case study of an Aboriginal community-based smoking project in the Australian State of Victoria, the paper demonstrates how the Aboriginal concept of ‘yarning’ can be used to empower people to create policy change that not only impacts on their own health, but also impacts on the health of others and the Aboriginal organisation for which they work. The paper presents yarning within the context of models of empowerment and a methodological approach of participatory action research. The method is based on respect and inclusivity, with the final policy developed by staff for staff. Yarning is likely to be successful for action researchers working within a variety of Indigenous contexts.

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ID Code: 48053
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The authors acknowledge the staff of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) for their participation in the work discussed and in the development of their smoke-free policy; Summer Finlay (Project Coordinator) and Gillian Fletcher (External Facilitator) for their roles in the yarn process; and the Management, CEO and Board of VACCHO for their support and commitment to ongoing Aboriginal empowerment and improved health and wellbeing. We acknowledge that the Goreen Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura – Healthy Family Air: Reducing smoking amongst pregnant Aboriginal women in Victoria project is funded by the former Victorian Department of Human Services (now the Department of Health).
Keywords: Aboriginal , Indigenous, Australia, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, VACCHO, Yarning, Yarn, Participatory Action Research, Research, Community-based , Smoking Cessation, Tobacco, Narrkwarren Ngrn-toura, Healthy Family Air , pregnant, women, Victoria
ISSN: 1326-964X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 ALARA
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2012 10:44
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 11:08

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