When you join a yarning place (membership is free) you will have access to:

  • The mob members list: this provides members' contact details (permission to display the details is obtained beforehand).
  • The yarning board: this is an electronic board for discussion and debate about relevant issues.
  • The message stick: this is an email list which enables a member to reach all members with one email.
  • The yarn now feature: this is similar to a messenger service where two or more members can join in real time discussions with one another.
  • The events feature: a list of events relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including conferences, seminars and workshops.


The development of the yarning places has been made possible with funding and collaboration from organisations with expertise in these areas. As a courtesy to others - and to protect yourself - please follow these guidelines when using any of our yarning place facilities (mob list, message stick and yarning board).

  • Use a brief, clear and descriptive entry in the 'subject' line of messages.
  • Where appropriate include your full name, affiliation(s) and email address at the bottom of your messages.
  • Be sure the topic you are discussing is appropriate and relevant to that specific yarning place.
  • When replying to a message, please direct your reply to the proper person/people.
  • Do not send/post angry, critical or emotionally charged messages.
  • Do not use all capital letters in your messages. USING ALL CAPITALS IS THE EMAIL EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING and is considered rude by some people (please excuse us for shouting!).
  • Do not use the yarning place to advertise your company, product or service for commercial gain.
  • Use humour and sarcasm sparingly. Humour in messages can easily be misinterpreted - remarks that you think are funny can come across as rude to others.