Black Pearl Network, who provide community development, health and English language programs to local Papuan children and adults, seek to reduce stunting of children and malnourishment amongst the Indigenous populations of the Papuan provinces of Indonesia. The project will focus on removing the barriers to healthy eating practices and improving local peoples' nutritional knowledge and practices, including knowledge on the benefits of local foods. This project will measure current community awareness of healthy nutritional practices by surveying the communities Black Pearl Network work with within Nabire. The findings will support the Black Pearl Network and their partners to tailor appropriate advocacy and educational strategies to the local community.


Black Pearl Network

Project team
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Hoskin - Floreat Uniting Church Creative Living Centre board member
  • Mr. Ross Gobby - Black Pearl Network co-founder and member
  • Mr. Fred Bundah - Manager, Black Pearl Papua Foundation
  • Dr. Henni Marei - Black Pearl Papua Foundation member
  • Ms. Kerry Povey - Black Pearl Network member
  • Dr. Isabelle Lys - School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, ACU
  • Assoc. Prof. Natasha Franklin - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, ACU
  • Assoc. Prof. Sharon Croxford - School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, ACU
  • Dr Jill Cox, ACU Engagement
  • Ms Vivien Cinque, ACU Engagement

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