How to yarn effectively with older Aboriginal people

Type: Video 59 mins

Yarning to build respectful relationships with Aboriginal people

Yarning is a method of communication that enables services providers to engage with older Aboriginal people and their families in a culturally safe way that is friendly and informal.

Join Professor Dawn Bessarab, Director at the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, UWA, as she explains to us what yarning is,  the benefits of using yarning as a communication tool and how it can enable service providers to engage and build meaningful relationships with Aboriginal people living with dementia.


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Professor Dawn Bessarab

Professor Dawn Bessarab is an Aboriginal woman of Bard (West Kimberley and Yjindjarbandi (Pilbara) descent.

She is a highly regarded and experienced senior social worker and researcher who graduated with her PhD in 2007; a qualitative study exploring the impact of the gendered lived experience of Aboriginal women and men in families on the development of their masculine and feminine identities.



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