Aboriginal Heritage and Wellbeing

This publication arose from the Wellbeing in Aboriginal Communities research project, which aimed to demonstrate how Aboriginal heritage contributes to the health of Aboriginal communities.

1 February 2011
Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW)
  • ISBN 978-1-74232-791-4
  • ID DECCW20100478
  • File PDF 9.5MB
  • Pages 116
  • Name aboriginal-heritage-and-wellbeing-100478.pdf


The Wellbeing in Aboriginal Communities research project began in 2006. It involved evaluation of the Aboriginal Women’s and Men’s Heritage Series of pubications, which record the lives and times of Aboriginal Elders, and feedback from those who participated on the affect contributing to the Heritage Series had on them.

The Heritage Series grew from a small-scale research project on the New South Wales north coast, which resulted in the publication of Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nambucca, and then grew to a total of 12 publications.

The Wellbeing in Aboriginal Communities project researched how people felt about sharing information with the government, what it was like from a community perspective to work with government to look after Aboriginal heritage, and how people felt that their own involvement in and control of their heritage affects their quality of life. The aim of the work was to understand how and why heritage is important to Aboriginal people’s wellbeing and to use this understanding as a foundation for communication with Aboriginal communities.