Case Studies

The following case studies illustrate how our corporate and government secondees have achieved real results and earned the respect and trust of local Indigenous people.

Enhancing Employment Opportunities in the East Kimberley

Background The East Kimberley region is home to over 11,000 residents, most of whom live in the larger business hubs of Kununurra, Wyndham and Halls Creek, while the remainder live across 50 smaller communities including Kalumburu and Balgo.  According to 2016 ABS Census data, only ~38% of East Kimberley’s Indigenous working-age residents (aged 15-54) are employed. Meanwhile, the […] > Read case study

Ground-breaking APS project enables Purple House to reuse reverse osmosis brine water

Background  Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, fondly known as Purple House, was set up with independent community funds from an auction of works by Papunya Tula Western Desert artists in November 2000 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The fundraiser was a response to a crisis in Central Australia’s Pintupi communities, as a growing number of elders were forced off Country and away from family for dialysis in Alice Springs. Disconnected from Country and community, patients suffered great loneliness, reduced health outcomes and the strength […] > Read case study

‘A thirst for more learning’ – Staff development secondments at Yerin

Background Jawun has partnered with Yerin Aboriginal Health Services Limited in the Central Coast region since 2012, supporting Yerin on a journey of growth in this time. Yerin formed as an Aboriginal Medical Service in 1995 providing a limited GP service to the local Aboriginal community. 25 years later, Yerin now provides a wide range […] > Read case study

Pioneering a new model: NAB’s virtual secondees in Western Australia

Background Since 2010, Jawun has partnered with National Australia Bank (NAB) to strengthen organisational capacity and progress Indigenous-led initiatives in the East and West Kimberley. When COVID-19 forced physical isolation across the states and regions, shutting down Jawun secondments from April onwards, Jawun worked in collaboration with corporate, government and Indigenous partners to launch a […] > Read case study

Far West Coast Joins Empowered Communities

Background Established in June 2013 by Indigenous leaders from eight remote, regional and urban areas, Empowered Communities identifies a common vision for the comprehensive transformation of Indigenous affairs. The submission by the group of Indigenous Leaders to government set out a framework for structural reform and proposed a more balanced partnership with governments.  The proposal […] > Read case study

Continuing Stories of Female Leadership and empowerment in a virtual landscape

Background   The success of the Jawun model is heavily dependent on the Jawun Leadership network – a community that supports Indigenous leader development with in-place secondments, connecting leaders from corporate and government sectors through Jawun’s programs. These programs align to Jawun’s leadership development vision to strengthen a sustainable pipeline of Indigenous leadership.  For Jawun, 2020 […] > Read case study

Wunan’s enterprise approach to quality healthcare in the East Kimberley

Background Established in 1997, Wunan aims to drive long-term socioeconomic change, break welfare dependency and reinstate self-responsibility amongst Indigenous peoples in the East Kimberley. Strategic priorities of health, education, housing, employment and leadership are supported by over 15 programs and services. Crucially, Wunan drives change through a self-sustaining economic model. As CEO Ian Trust explains, “We’ve […] > Read case study

Supporting cross-regional collaboration among Aboriginal health and wellbeing organisations

Background  A number of Aboriginal organisations that Jawun partners with use electronic practice management systems to deliver community health and wellbeing services. These organisations have identified that their systems could be better optimised for real-time presentation of Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data and relationships in patient health and treatment outcomes. In 2020, Jawun’s corporate partners […] > Read case study

Unique and shared value – Jawun’s 10-year partnership with the Australian Public Service

Background Since 2011, Jawun has partnered with the Australian Public Service (APS) to strengthen Indigenous-led empowerment and leadership across the country. To date, 619 APS secondees have been on secondments in 10 regions: Cape York, Goulburn Murray, Central Coast, Inner Sydney, North East Arnhem Land, East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Central Australia, Lower River Murray, and […] > Read case study

Corinne Hodson – Collaboration in Practice

Background Corinne Hodson is a proud Ngunnawal / Wiradjuri woman with family links to the Riverina region of NSW. Her childhood was spent growing up in the Pilbara region of WA, whilst continuing to connect with her family in NSW. Corinne made the move to NSW on a permanent basis at 20 years old, pursuing […] > Read case study