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Associate Professor Elaine Ḻäwurrpa Maypilama is a senior research fellow at the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre. She is a Yolŋu Cultural Authority and resident of Galiwin’ku, Northern Territory. Maypilama has a background in primary school teaching and education, with 20 years’ experience in applying Yolŋu research methods and methodologies. Ḻäwurrpa provides expert Yolŋu guidance on all research activities and community engagement processes in Galiwin’ku, North East Arnhem Land. She will mentor Dr Ireland in management of the project and ensure that research processes are Yolŋu-centred and culturally responsive.
Ḻäwurrpa is also a Principal Research Fellow at the Northern Institute with expertise in nutrition, maternal health, hearing loss, sign language, chronic disease and children’s health and development.
Läwurrpa was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from CDU in 2013. She also has an Associate Diploma in Teaching from Batchelor Institute. She is widely respected for her high level of expertise in developing and conducting culturally responsive and high-quality research. Her advice and participation are frequently sought, not only by researchers and others working with Yolŋu but from across Australia.
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2020 Rainmaker Readiness - Enhancing health communication with people who primarily speak an Aboriginal language – learning from COVID19 to improve communication in primary health care services.
29/07/20 → 31/03/23
A flow that comes when we’re talking: Water metaphors for exploring intercultural communication during early childhood assessment interactions in a Yolŋu (First Nations Australian) communityArmstrong, E., Maypilama, Ḻ., Bukulatjpi, Y., Gapany, D., Fasoli, L., Ireland, S., Baker, R. D., Hewat, S. & Lowell, A., 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Applied Communication Research. p. 1-25 25 p.
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Negotiating Indigenous higher education policy analysis at the cultural interface in the Northern Territory, AustraliaStreet, C., Robertson, K., Smith, J., Guenther, J., Larkin, S., Motlap, S., Ludwig, W., Woodroffe, T., Gillan, K., Ober, R., Shannon, V. & Maypilama, E., 2023, In: Critical Studies in Education. 64, 3, p. 250-266 17 p.
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Nhaltjan dhu ḻarrum ga dharaŋan dhuḏi-dhäwuw ŋunhi limurr dhu gumurrbunanhamirr ga waŋanhamirr, Yolŋu ga Balanda: How we come together to explore and understand the deeper story of intercultural communication in a Yolŋu (First Nations Australian) communityArmstrong, E., Maypilama, Ḻ., Bukulatjpi, Y., Gapany, D., Fasoli, L., Ireland, S., Baker, R. D., Hewat, S. & Lowell, A., Jun 2023, In: AlterNative. 19, 2, p. 334-344 11 p.
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Armstrong, E., Maypilama, Ḻ., Bukulatjpi, Y., Gapany, D., Fasoli, L. & Baker, R. D., Dec 2023, In: Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts. 28, December 2023, p. 4-17 14 p.
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Birthing on Country for the best start in life: Returning childbirth services to Yolŋu mothers, babies and communities in North East Arnhem, Northern TerritoryIreland, S., Roe, Y., Moore, S., Maypilama, E. Ḻ., Bukulatjpi, D. Y., Bukulatjpi, E. D. & Kildea, S., 4 Jul 2022, In: Medical Journal of Australia. 217, 1, p. 5-8 4 p.
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