Case study

Indigenous Bioresources Research Group

Bush medicine book

Bush medicine book

Based out of Macquarie University, this group works with Indigenous communities to document the use of customary medicines and investigate the biomedical potential of these. In collaboration with the associated Indigenous Science Education Program, resources are produced to encourage the engagement of the youth in the local Indigenous culture as well as support students in their formal science education and encourage them to consider further education.

Work with the Yaegl community of northern NSW has produced a handbook of local bush medicines which has helped to guide a series of excursions on-country, where students learn directly from stories shared by elders. The integration of some of this knowledge into the school science curriculum has been supported by assisting to place aspects of these teachings into a western scientific framework.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Jan 6;139(1):244-55.
doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.11.008. Epub 2011 Nov 11.

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