ISSN: 17526299
First published in 2008
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Volume 11 Issue 1
Cover Date: February 2018
Thumbs Up: The effective use of music in health and well-being education for Australian Aboriginal youth in remote communities
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Authors:  Brendan Anthony And  Donna Weston And  Samuel Vallen 
DOI: 10.1386/ijcm.11.1.71_1

Keywords
music,Indigenous health and well-being,youth development,community music,Indigenous Australians,Indigenous Australian Community Programs,empowerment education

Abstract
The academic literature on Australian Indigenous health and well-being suggests an overwhelming need for education to alleviate ‘lifestyle’ diseases and social dysfunction. Yet, the socio-cultural diversity of Australian Aboriginal communities provides a challenging landscape for efficacious and long-lasting support processes. The ‘Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up!’ (UJTU) programme is facing these issues from an innovative perspective. ‘Thumbs up’, addresses health and well-being in remote Aboriginal communities from the ground up by engaging in music education programmes with the youth of the community, which subsequently filters through to the broader community. Based on an analysis of the effectiveness of a ‘Thumbs Up’ case study, this article will present preliminary recommendations for working with Australian Indigenous youth and their broader communities through facilitated musical activities. Informal learning frameworks, which incorporate music-making shared between educators and community members, are shown to be a constructive means of engaging the youth and empowering them in the management of their health and well-being.
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