Noongar Bush Medicine: Medicinal Plants of the South-West of Western Australia


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

This practical reference guide provides, for the first time, comprehensive information on the medicinal plants that were used by Aboriginal people of the southwest of Western Australia before European settlement. This interesting and in-depth guide to how to use plants for alternative treatments and protection from common ailments will be of interest in students, readers, and teachers interested in plant medicine.

About the Authors

Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen is a Balladong Wadjuk Yorga woman from the Bibbulmun Nation, or Noongar people, of the south-west of Western Australia. After a childhood of learning about traditional medicine, Vivienne undertook formal training at the Marr Mooditj Foundation and completed Certificate IV in Bush and Western Herbal Medicine. She was also the first Indigenous member of the National Herbalist Association of Australia, and presented at the 7th International Conference on Herbal Medicine in 2010.

John Horsfall has had a long career as a Mental Health and General Nurse. He has taught at the Western Australian School of Nursing and, later, at the Curtin University Centre for Aboriginal Studies. He was the Training Coordinator at the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service in Perth before retiring in 2013.