Heather Jensen, Centre for Remote Health
John Gilroy, University of Sydney
Lee Ryall, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council
Michelle Lincoln, Sydney University
Kerry Taylor, Poche Centre, Northern Territory
Rebecca Barton, Sydney University
Angela Dew, University of New South Wales
Victoria Flood, Sydney University
KimMcCrae, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council

There is limited scholarly research about how Aboriginal people with disabilities in remote communities would like to be supported to live on their country, and which models of service are likely to enable them to live the life they choose.

In-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted with Anangu and Yarnangu people with disabilities and their families, as well as service providers delivering services to people with disability from remote Aboriginal communities.

Thematic analysis of the interview data found several major themes which contribute to a good life for Anangu and Yarnangu with disabilities. These include being on country, families and valued activities. Valued activities included visiting families, art, cultural business, sports and music. These themes will be explored in greater detail in this paper, along with ways that these can be supported by service providers

This research will enable Aboriginal people’s priorities to be at the forefront, when developing models of service provision for remote communities. While this research is specific to people from the NPY Lands it is hoped that learnings from this research will be relevant to other remote communities.

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