Co-designing technology to support Indigenous people experiencing family violence

How can we use technology to support help-seeking among Wadawurrung people experiencing violence?

The Wadawurrung family violence project aims to enhance support and healing for Indigenous peoples who experience family violence on Wadawurrung Country (of the Kulin Nations). This will be achieved through working with the community to co-design a technological tool that encourages risk assessment, prioritisation of needs, safety planning and using culture as a resource for healing and building resilience.

This tool will be community-owned and address the barriers to help-seeking accessibility (such as shame, issues with confidentiality and fear of child-removal) which have been highlighted by the Wadawurrung peoples as siginficant deterrents to accessing support.

Dr Laura Tarzia [General Practice]

Renee Fiolet [General Practice]

Professor Kerry Arabena [School of Population and Global Health]

Dr Greg Wadley [School of Computing and Information Systems]

Dr Ashley Barnwell [School of Social and Political Sciences]

Professor Kelsey Hegarty [General Practice]

Renee Owen [Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; Baron Health]

Professor Jane Koziol-McLain [Auckland University]

Syd Fry [Department of Health]

Community advisory panel

Corrina Eccles [Wadawurrung cultural educator]

Terry Atkinson [Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op]

Elder May Owen [Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op]

Kaley McGough [Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre]

Jasmin Knox [Ocean Grove Dental Clinic]

Cormach Evans [Stronger Brother Stronger Sister]

For information about this project, please contact:

Dr Laura Tarzia
General Practice
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Phone +61 3 9035 8604

Email: laura.tarzia@unimelb.edu.au