Aboriginal Media Training

Project Overview

A new project stemming from the successful work PHAIWA has been doing with the WA Indigenous Storybooks will be to offer free media and advocacy training to a range of Aboriginal Health practitioners.  In assessing the training needs of both Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers (AEHW) and Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) it was identified by 100% of respondents, all Aboriginal people, that media confidence would be beneficial to continue to generate positive stories around Aboriginal Health in the media.

The Aboriginal Media Training aims to build on the already established relationships and trust that PHAIWA has in remote and rural Aboriginal communities to deliver training in a staged manner to build the capacity and confidence of AEHW and AHW’s to engage with local media to produce positive media articles.  The training will also be offered to stakeholders and key organisations with a large portion of AEHW or AHW’s.  PHAIWA aims to capitalise on the local expertise and stories the AEHW and AHW’s have through their health promotion, environmental health work, Indigenous mentoring, community connections and successful project delivery to date and encourage these stories to be shared to the media.

The training will be delivered in a staged approach and commence with a basic and already existing working with the media course offered to various stakeholders and existing partners.  This will build the capacity and confidence of participants to work with their local media with the support of PHAIWA and advocate for positive stories to be featured.  The second stage of the training will progress these skills for those individuals who show an interest and enthusiasm to upskill and they will be appointed a media mentor and then potentially progressed through to the final stage comprising of the advocacy in action media course.

For more information about this training please contact the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA phaiwa@curtin.edu.au 

This project is funded by Healthway.