From June 2013 – October 2014, Martin was commissioned to be Artist in Residence for the Western Desert Kidney Health Project (http://westerndesertkidney.org.au/)
The Western Desert Kidney Health Project – launched in October 2010 in Kalgoorlie – was a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal health, medical and community development workers and artists aiming to reduce disease and diabetes by 20 per cent over three years in 10 Aboriginal communities representing six language groups.
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Under the guidance of Annette Stokes, Dr. Christine Jefferies-Stokes and Dr. Rachel Burgess, Martin visited communities in Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Menzies, Leonora, Laverton, Mulga Queen and Norseman to establish the Tirlku Birni Choir. After many joyous rehearsals (where we ate kangaroo stew, damper and loots of fruit and salad) the choir eventually performed in Kalgoorlie and in Perth. Ranging in age from 4 years to 55 years, the choir is an amazing group of people who have created a unique voice for their people.