The Model for Engaging Communities Collaboratively (MECC) has been created using feedback from three diverse Indigenous Australian communities as well as international feedback from First Nations groups. The MECC is a way to systematically engage minority communities in implementing evidence-based programs effectively for their community. 

This research will use the MECC to evaluate community engagement and empowerment in an adjunct to an NHMRC-funded project (with the University of Sydney and Associate Professor Christine Brown) evaluating practitioner and family outcomes in relation to the implementation of an evidence-based program, Indigenous Triple P. 

We have effectively engaged with the Fitzroy Crossing Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre and 16 local organizations in the process of bringing Indigenous Triple P to the Fitzroy Valley in a way that caters to the specific needs of the families they work with.  We aim to ascertain the cultural appropriateness of the adapted training and implementation support, and the impact on practitioner, parent and community empowerment through this process.

 

External members:

Associate Professor Christine Brown Wilson

Project members

Professor Matthew Sanders

Professor
School of Psychology

Associate Professor Karen Turner

Principal Research Fellow
School of Psychology