Award Recipient: The Dunghutti Muri Project Optimising access to the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Service for local Aboriginal people

The Dunghutti Muri Project arose from a perceived lack in engagement in local Aboriginal people with the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (MNCBIRS). The project evolved into a process aiming to optimise access to MNCBIRS for Aboriginal people through a range of culturally-appropriate strategies.

Research activities included a clinical file audit and interviews with clients or family members to discuss their health experience following the brain injury. Principal outcomes included:

  • Development of an iterative process based on a Theory of Access which generated a series of culturally-appropriate strategies optimising MNCBIRS access
  • Establishment of a collegial collaborative approach guided by local Aboriginal people to alter practice
  • Enhancement of MNCBIRS into a culturally-safe and responsive service that encourages engagement by Aboriginal people
  • Creation of a genuinely effective partnership between Brain Injury staff and clients – a partnership that is vital for effective rehabilitation.