Title

Alternative approaches to well-being and engagement in Vanuatu

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Dick, T 2016, 'Alternative approaches to well-being and engagement in Vanuatu', Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 6 suppl., pp. 52-54.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856215608290

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This article describes some innovative approaches to understanding, measuring and attributing value to traditional wisdom in Vanuatu.

METHODS: The article uses decolonising methodologies to privilege indigenous perspectives. In particular, the study features the use of endogenous practices, such as sand drawing, as a vehicle for facilitating community engagement in the research.

RESULTS: The results of the project reveal that, in the context of broad structural support for customary practices, communities leveraging traditional wisdom into commercial realms are able to generate livelihoods and maintain cultural heritage transmission.

CONCLUSIONS: Local communities report increased pride and pleasure in the resurgence and innovation of cultural practices.