Here in Australia there is plenty of information available about bullying in non-Aboriginal school-age children and young people. However, there is very little information about the bullying experiences of Aboriginal children. This makes it difficult to help Yamaji kids and communities involved in bullying.
From 2006-2009 the Solid Kids, Solid Schools project worked with Yamaji communities in the Mid West, Murchison Region of Western Australia to find out about childhood bullying experiences.
From 2010 – 2014 we have been continually funded by Healthway to provide a community social marketing program aimed at parents and other community members in order to compliment the resources and information gathered in the first phase of our project.
Aboriginal community members of all ages, children and young people, parents and carers, and Aboriginal school staff) talked with us about what they call bullying actions, why they think bullying happens, and how it feels to be Aboriginal and bullied.
The Solid Kids, Solid Schools project was led by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) in partnership with the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR). It is now solely located within the Telethon KIDS organisation and is run by Dr. Juli Coffin and research assistant Heather Jacobs from Geraldton.