At the core of our work is supporting Elders' wellbeing and their work for managing Walgett's Aboriginal cultural values, natural resources and community development. It's about "Ageing Well" and DEG believes its model for
delivering an Aboriginal Community-Controlled holistic social support and transport service is worth fighting for. The previous Commonwealth Government was intent on deleting the small, cost-efficient funds that provide the base for DEG's Elders Support program. DEG requested its Yuwaya Ngarrali partners to conduct a research project that describes Walgett Elders' priorities for ageing well, and the first report from this project has been published! So that this report will be seen by policy makers and governments, we were pleased to have an article published recently by The Conversation about our study.
Building on this work, Yuwaya Ngarrali commissioned Dr Bob Davidson to work with DEG to understand the proposed changes to the CHSP program, and how they will impact Dharriwaa Elders Group's Elders Support service. The full report and summary report of "Caring for Elders, Community and Culture" were published in 2022. DEG sent them to ministers and public servants in the new Commonwealth Government who promised to pause the changes. But so far, the proposed changes are still being introduced - as far as we can see on the ground.