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Launch of Bundap Marram Durn-Durn

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In December 2010, The Heart Research Centre in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Council and University of Melbourne launched the project funded by beyondblue to improve the wellbeing of Wurundjeri and Melbourne-based Aboriginal people with chronic disease who are experiencing depression, anxiety or a related mental health disorder. The launch held at the soon-to-be-opened "Ngarnga Wulempuri" Centre at Abbotsford, was well attended by Community Elders and members, Aboriginal community controlled organisations managers and staff, health researchers, as well as health managers and professionals.

The program commenced with a stirring "Welcome to Country" by Uncle Ringo Terrick. He shared his own personal experiences with anxiety and depression as well as his recovery and connection with Country and Community. Ms Nell Angus, Project Coordinator, chaired the launch and introduced the "Binap Biik" Dancers who gave their rendition of local native animals and stories of the Wurundjeri community. This was followed by speeches from Ms Suzanne Pope, Director Research and Planning, beyondblue, Aunty Diane Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder and project team member and Dr Barbara Murphy, Chief Investigator and Principal Research Fellow, at the Heart Research Centre.

The launch concluded with the beyondblue Indigenous Hip Hop Dancers. The troupe of eight youths showcased their talents for an enthralled audience. Aunty Di presented each member of the project team with a Wurundjeri keyring to mark the launch of the project and to highlight the strength of partnership between the three organisations. 

The project is entitled "Bundap Marram Durn-Durn" or "good" "mind" "body" in Woiwurrung language. The logo for the project was designed by local artist, Ashley Kerr-Firebrace. It captures the essence of the project, showing Bunjil, the Wurundjeri's creator, standing strong in the nest and being supported by Country, culture and people. 


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