Vital Health Videos needed for Yolŋu

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East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory has the highest rates of chronic disease in the world.

For over 20 years now Why Warriors has advocated training for mainstream staff so they can explain a range of diseases to Yolŋu people. However English is a second or third language for many Yolŋu and understanding of medical English and concepts is very limited. Culturally appropriate and effective resources are extremely rare, and Yolŋu people are left without the critical knowledge they need to take control of their own health and lives.

The Why Warriors team have spent decades collaborating with both health professionals and Yolŋu researchers to explain health issues in the local Yolŋu Matha language. The traditional worldview of Yolŋu means they want in-depth, science-based information in order to understand any new topic. What Yolŋu call the “dhuḏi-dhäwu” – the deep true story.

Our aim is to produce a series of health videos in Yolŋu Matha with English captions. These resources will be made available directly to Yolŋu and also to medical staff who are working to explain different health conditions to Yolŋu patients and their families.

The first series we would produce includes:

  1. What is a heart attack? (inc. heart function and blood circulation in the body)
  2. Rheumatic Heart Disease story

We are looking for partners to help support and fund the production of the health videos that will share this life-saving knowledge to thousands of Yolŋu people.

These resources will deliver vital missing information to health workers, families, parents and young sufferers of these conditions so they can understand for the first time how their body works and how these diseases affect them. This will enable them to become compliant with medical support and to manage healthier lives. As one Yolŋu grandmother said, “We have had no more of our family die of heart attack since you taught us about heart disease. Our family now have regular check-ups because we now know what heart disease is.”

Please see the below storyboard concept video for effectively explaining ‘heart attack’. We hope to enhance and expand this into a series to make accessible for Yolŋu people in remote areas, with the potential to adapt it into other Indigenous languages around these medical concepts.

For more information or to support the continuing research and development of resources by Why Warriors, please contact:

Richard Trudgen (founder):, +61 400 880 954
Keira de Hoog (media/ communications):, +61 457 296 569