Local Indigenous Students Become Teachers for the Day

This week 14 local, Indigenous students from Souths Cares launched the Framing Health Project - a series of health promotion videos available to schools and Indigenous communities as community service announcements - creating awareness of current health issues facing young people.

General Manager of Souths Cares, Shannon Donato said the Framing Health Project is a partnership project between Souths Cares and the University of Sydney aimed at encouraging local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students towards higher education.

“And the Project is already achieving results with six of our Souths Cares students successfully enrolling in the University’s Summer Program for 2015,” Shannon said.

“It’s great news for the students, their schools and families, but the result also demonstrates that the work Souths Cares does in the community, is highly effective.

“Opening pathways to university for our Indigenous students has always been a focus for our team and now we have six students ready to take the next step on that particular journey.”

Souths Cares and the University of Sydney along with students from the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion Faculty collaborated with the high school students in a series of workshops to create better health promotional messages.

“The students from Christian Bros Lewisham, Matraville Sports, Tempe and South Sydney High Schools, have worked incredibly hard on this Project,” said Shannon.

“Last year our students addressed health issues around smoking while this year their focus was on bullying and peer pressure – two common experiences for many young people.

“To their credit and that of the graduate diploma students, they have produced a number of community service announcements that health workers, schools and the wider community will use to promote awareness around youth health and education related issues.

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

The Showcase took place at Australian Technology Park where former NSW Premier and current Director of Souths Cares, Kristina Keneally, was the keynote speaker and presented the students with their certificates.

“Souths Cares would like to thank the Australian Government, ATP and the University of Sydney’s Compass Program for their invaluable support of the Project and also the Principals, teachers and support staff from each of our schools who assisted in making the Project accessible to their students,” concluded Shannon.