Sustaining Health with Traditional Medicine

  • Thompson, Adam Tyler (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

Project Details


Traditional medicine has sustained health throughout the past and has the potential to sustain health into the future. Our project looks at how traditional medicine is still used today to wash the body in a few remote Aboriginal communities. To do this we create short documentary films on traditional medicine with knowledge holders to use for health promotion within schools and clinics. We also conduct interviews with members of the community to measure the extent to which these traditional medicines are still being used today. We have found that while knowledge of specific medicines has been retained, it is often underutilized. We are now looking at means by which one or two traditional medicines can be made more available to the community. We believe by making traditional medicine more available we will not only improve health through the use of effective medicine but also increase people’s motivation to improve their own health through health-seeking behaviours that lead to early treatment and prevention.
Effective start/end date30/03/18 → …


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