Solid Kids, Solid Schools receives state-wide recognition
Wednesday, 04 August 2010
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, Executive Director Public Health and Chief Health Officer, WA Department of Health with Associate Professor Juli Coffin and Ms Dionne Paki at the awards ceremony
Congratulations to ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre, whose Solid Kids, Solid Schools project was awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Community Safety’ award at the annual Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA) Community Awards.
The awards showcase the excellent work being undertaken in Western Australia and also recognise the significant impact and important role individuals have in highlighting community safety issues.
The Solid Kids, Solid Schools project involved researchers working with Aboriginal community members in the Yamaji (Mid West, Murchison) region of Western Australia to determine ways to help Aboriginal young people prevent or deal with bullying.
The project, funded by Healthway, not only identified the cultural understandings of bullying among Aboriginal children and their communities, but also helped develop relevant and culturally-secure bullying prevention and management strategies.
ECU’s Professor Donna Cross thanked both the ECU researchers and the Yamaji community for their ongoing commitment to the project.
“I commend the community and project leaders who passionately led this project, particularly Associate Professor of Aboriginal Health, Juli Coffin and Project Coordinator, Ms Dionne Paki.”
“I’d also like to thank the Yamaji community who worked along-side us for four years to develop a sustainable program to help to reduce bullying, and other aggression and violence among Aboriginal young people in the Midwest Murchison region of WA,” said Professor Cross.
“The Solid Kids Solid Schools project is an outstanding example of ECU's commitment to ongoing community engagement.”