- The WA Indigenous Storybook
Click HERE for the latest Storybook. Other editions can be accessed at the bottom of the page.
PHAIWA has now produced seven WA Indigenous Storybooks, the most recent focusing on the Perth/Peel region of WA. The past funders of the books include The Government of Western Australia and Healthway. Healthway has provided further funding for another three editions of the storybook which focuses on showcasing the many positive community based projects occurring in rural and remote Indigenous communities and celebrating people who are contributing to the social, economic, health and environmental outcomes for their people.
Photo taken at Walmadan on the Dampier Peninsula. Photo credit Rod Hartvigsen
PHAIWA believes story telling is a creative avenue to disseminate information to many people in a user friendly and non-threatening way. In this project, Indigenous practitioner’s stories will be shaped by their personal history, biography, gender, social class, location and those of the people in the setting/story. These stories will hopefully encourage change in how public health projects are planned, delivered and disseminated through directly with the storytellers in supporting them to publish and present their stories, or indirectly through communities and partners who read a story and consider it replicable in their own settings.
The storybook aims to:
- Embrace a holistic view of health. Stories will be drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health – such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
- Showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories will highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.
PHAIWA has formed an overarching Steering Committee to oversee the concept and to assist with recruiting storytellers. The first Storybook which focused on the Kimberley region was launched in October 2011. The second edition which focused on the Perth and Peel Regions was launched in August 2012. The third book contained stories collected from the Golfields/Esperance and Great Southern regions. The fourth was on the Mid-West and Pilbara region and the fifth book took us back to the Kimberely region. The sixth edition focussed on stories from the Gascoyne region and the 7th edition brings us back to the Perth/Peel region. We are currently producing our 8th edition which will be full of stories from the Goldfields region.
If you would like to look at a Storybook, please download a copy from the link below. If you would like to know more about this project or contribute a story, please (see below to download a copy of the Storybook framework) contact Sunni Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9266 2344.
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