In just under a week’s time, 14 students from the Souths Cares Framing Health Project will see their names up in lights as the stars of the program’s Film Showcase.

The Framing Health Project is a partnership between Souths Cares and the University of Sydney aimed at encouraging local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students towards higher education.

“Souths Cares and the University of Sydney’s Social Inclusion Unit along with students from the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion Faculty have collaborated with our high school students in a series of workshops to create better health promotional messages,” said Souths Cares General Manager Shannon Donato.

“The students from Christian Brothers Lewisham, Matraville Sports, Alexandria Community, JJ Cahill Memorial, Tempe and South Sydney High schools, have worked incredibly hard on this project.

“To their credit and that of the graduate diploma students, they have produced a number of films that health workers, schools and the wider community can use to promote awareness around youth health and education.”

In 2013, students addressed health issues around smoking while this year the focus was on bullying and peer pressure – two common experiences for many young people.

“Local students participated in four creative workshops facilitated by University faculty staff and were provided with the hands-on media and health skills training required to develop these health promotion resources,” said Shannon.

“Throughout the process, Souths Cares ensured that mentoring and inspirational talks were embedded into the program.

“This included a visit from three Indigenous members of the Rabbitohs’ Premiership winning team: Beau Champion, Nathan Merritt and Chris Grevsmuhl.

“The University of Sydney should be congratulated for working with us to provide the community with a project that inspires learning, creativity and the opportunity to discuss future educational pathways,” said Shannon.

Next Monday’s Showcase will take place at Australian Technology Park, a sponsor of Souths Cares, and will be attended by the students, their families and teachers, along with other members of the community.

Click here to learn more and hear what the students thought of the Project.