Indigenous Storybook

Click HERE for the latest Storybook. Other editions can be accessed at the bottom of the page.


PHAIWA has now produced five WA Indigenous Storybooks, the most recent focussing on the Kimberley region of WA. The past funders of the books include The Government of Western Australia and Healthway. Healthway has provided futher funding for another four edtions of the storybook which focusses 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.

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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:

  • to provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of “writing workshops” and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • 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. We are currently recruiting storytelllers for the sixth edtion which will be focussed on the Gascoyne 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9266 2344.

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