Presented by Professor Dawn Bessarab, Director, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of Western Australia

Event Details


The Theatre
Technology Park Function Centre
2 Brodie Hall Drive
corner of Hayman Road
WA 6102


Wednesday 29 May 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Australia/Perth)

Closing date

Wednesday 29 May 2019 12:00pm (Australia/Perth)

  1. Ticket Type Sales Close Price Quantity
    12:00pm, 29 May 2019 Free

About this event


Poor communication is one of the biggest barriers to engaging effectively with Aboriginal people. Finding ways to communicate more effectively will not only improve and increase Aboriginal people's access to services but will and can ensure their participation in receiving and providing information. With older Aboriginal people good communication is essential to their health and wellbeing by maintaining their connection and links to family, service providers and the community.

Yarning is a method of communication that enables service providers to engage with older Aboriginal people and their families in a culturally safe way that is friendly and informal. The yarning framework enables service providers to engage and build relationships with Aboriginal people that are effective and authentic.

This guest lecture will:

  • Discuss the definition of yarning
  • Understand the context to using yarning
  • Learn about different types of yarning
  • Discuss the benefits of using yarning in interviews, with groups and between colleagues
  • Present a case study where yarning was applied with an older traditional person with early onset dementia.