Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
Starting the Conversation Project
‘Starting the Conversation’ focuses on understanding and overcoming the shame and stigma often associated with harmful gambling, within local Aboriginal communities. This primary prevention project supports the health promotion message of ‘Starting the Conversation:’ addressing the impact of problem gambling in our Aboriginal communities.
Culturally relevant and safe messages are depicted in this short video. The program involved local Aboriginal artists, language, stories and culture (Wathaurong). The video will be available for screening in the Wathaurong Aboriginal Health Service, Council Foyers, Community Health Centres, outpatient departments and local conferences. The video will also be available through social media outlets such as YouTube and relevant Facebook pages.
The content of the video includes health promotion messages, as well as references to Aboriginal understanding of health and healing, connection and support.
A strong element of this video was the process of the making of the video. Working with existing Healing Circles, Men and Women’s groups and Elder Committees. Capturing the work already being done in these circles, the video(s) messaging will depict Aboriginal community coming together, caring, sharing, learning and growing.
This project has a whole of community approach, raising awareness and building stronger connections. Collateral such as stickers, fridge magnets and mugs will complement the video series.
Lead Agency: Wathaurong
Project Partners: G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar, Narana, Bethany Community Support, local government, Deakin University, (escape)Shift, Thorny Arts, The Cultural Consultancy Group, Barwon Child, Youth & Family.
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Closing the Gap Alliance
Crucial to Aboriginal health and wellbeing is the need to increase cultural competence across the whole of community. Environments that support cultural competence provide a safe and familiar place for Aboriginal communities to contribute to and participate in.
G21 is a member of the Closing the Gap Alliance and are committed to identifying and responding to the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal communities in the G21 region.
A key area of focus for this group is the development of a cultural audit tool designed to assist agencies in identifying good practice and areas for improvement.
The G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar aims to be actively involved in this alliance through the promotion and support of Aboriginal Health through project development, regional advocacy and service coordination.
- To be actively involved in the promotion and support of Aboriginal Health through mapping, promotion and sharing of local Aboriginal cultural education and training opportunities across the region.
- To be actively involved in the development of a cultural audit tool, in partnership with the Closing the Gap Alliance.
- To support opportunities for Aboriginal people in the prison system to reduce recidivism rates and promote post release opportunities in housing, education and training.
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