Understanding the factors influencing wellbeing among Indigenous youth in the Northern Territory

This mixed-methods project studies the factors that influence social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) of Indigenous youth in the Northern Territory.

It uses administrative data and econometric techniques to identify communities where youth have higher or lower SEWB than expected.

These locations are then visited to ask Indigenous youth about their perspective on SEWB (giving them a voice). Research-to-practice translation will focus on cultural safety, respect and benefits for Indigenous youth. Rhema Vaithianathan is an associate investigator on this project.  The chief investigator is Associate Professor Stephanie Schurer (University of Sydney).  This five-year project is funded via the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Targeted Call for Research.

Quick facts

Location: Australia

Partner/s: University of Sydney, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Western Australia, Menzies School of Health Research, University of Melbourne, Danila Dilba Health Service (Darwin), Centre for Remote Health, Massey University (NZ)

Timeframe: 2018-2023