Secondary school students from the local South Sydney area completed their last production session on the Framing Health Project.
General Manager of Souths Cares, Shannon Donato, said the students have been working in cooperation with Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion student from The University of Sydney for a number of weeks to create a number of short, educational, health promotion videos for use in the Indigenous, school and wider communities.
“The Framing Health Project is a collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school and university students and is aimed at promoting better health,” he said.
The Project is a joint undertaking between The University of Sydney’s Compass Program and the Souths Cares’ Indigenous School to Work Transition Program*.
“Both Programs have the common goal of encouraging secondary Indigenous High School students to aspire to a university education,” said Shannon.
“Many students, not just our indigenous ones, don’t realise that university can be a realistic option for them.
“Through the Project our Year 9-10 participants work on a fun, innovative and creative project with university students, to script, act in, film, edit and produce a number of short health promotion film clips.
“We believe that having the students involved in the Project will help break down the barriers to higher education,” said Shannon.
“This year’s theme, chosen by the students, focuses on peer pressure.
The Project ran over a total of five workshops and will culminate in the launch of the film clips in Redfern in October.
“The students’ families, school teachers and principals, and community will all be present for the launch; as well as university academics and a variety of Souths Cares stakeholders.”
Shannon said that the successful Project is in its second year and has already proven a valuable tool in providing secondary students with exposure to university life.
*The School to Work Transition Program is funded by the Federal Government.