Healthy Stories

Production of the Healthy Stories series of digital videos commenced in June 2010 with a shoot in Newcastle at an Ageing, Disabilities and Homecare Facility at Stockton. Featured in the production is Lowanna Allen, a young Aboriginal (Gamilaroi) woman who has undertaken a traineeship, graduating with Certificate III Assistant in Nursing - Aged Care.

The 4 minute profile, showcasing Lowanna's role and her passion for her work with Disabled people, is the first of a series of four to six items being produced by the CS&HISC with funding from the then Department of Education, Employement and Workplace Relations under the Industry Training Strategies Program (Indigenous Regional Program). In addition,CS&HISC produced profiles of the working lives of Aged Care Worker, Duane Livermore at Booroongen Djugun Aged Care Facility, Kempsey (NSW), as well as Community Services Worker, Vanessa Allen & Aboriginal Health Workers, Gloria O'Hare & Helen Lalara at the Angurugu Health Clinic on Groote Eylandt (NT).

The series, which was delivered to Indigenous Communities via Radio, TV and DVD resource materials, aimed to increase the uptake of Apprenticeships and Certificate III qualifications in the community services and health sector by Indigenous people through raising their awareness about the qualifications and potential career paths.

The video productions promoted the qualifications available from CHC08 and HLT07 Training packages and were packaged with a series of 'Champions' profiles. These multi-media resource materials are using specifically developed, culturally appropriate materials and approaches to engage the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities in building sufficient numbers of qualified and competent Community Services and Health workers to assist in bridging the gap in community services and health outcomes between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Australia

The video productions are available via youtube and vimeo