Hope For Health


Kama and Two Yol Women HFH web version_002 800 x 600At the end of 2014 our AHED team in Galiwin’ku ran a crowd funding campaign via IndigenousX on ‘Start Some Good’. This was to raise much- needed funds for phase one of the ground-breaking Hope for Health (HFH) initiative with Yolŋu women. A groundswell of inspiring, generous supporters caught the vision for what could be accomplished. In excess of $60,000 was donated!

You can see the old campaign link at www.startsomegood.com.au/hopeforhealth

This has made it possible for the core group of 12 Yolŋu women, all dealing with chronic disease, to travel to Living Valley Springs Health retreat for an intensive capacity building opportunity in April.

Perhaps even more significant was the wholehearted manner in which many special people pledged to share their knowledge, networks and efforts in AHED’s ongoing work to facilitate access to life-saving information and opportunities for Yolŋu women banding together to be empowered and to transform their own communities. For continued updates and to hear more about this exciting transformational journey visit http://www.hope4health.com.au/

Sadly one of our younger women in our group has succumbed to her chronic disease reality and passed away just last week. We are all in shock but resolved to go on. Let’s stop this happening to others. Please continue to support this Yolŋu driven program.

We are still trying to raise money to pay for a coordinator position. This money will be used three ways. One, to pay some survival money Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra and Kama as they work with a group explaining all the different way foods and our bodies interact with each other, and all the other many questions they will have. The other 3rd will pay a project coordinator who will organise the getting the group to the retreat at home again therefore taking the weight off Dianne and Kama so they can concentrate on the training of the Yolŋu women. Please support us in this.

You can donate by going to:


Or ring our 1300 501 795 number or 08 89 871 664


About Richard Trudgen

Born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner, Richard went to Arnhem Land in 1973 for one year voluntary work. He stayed 37 years, learnt language and trained in community development work. He wrote “Why Warriors Lie Down and Die” in 2000 and established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. He was CEO of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) Inc for 10 years, and during this time developed discovery education methodology. He runs ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars and training workshops, and speaks at conferences and events. Richard wants to build an e-learning school for Yolŋu people using both their own language and English so Yolŋu children/adults have an easily accessible schooling system that works for them. He is currently writing his next book “When a New World Drops in on You”.