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Smart and deadly: community ownership, collaboration and cultural respect for effective Aboriginal sexual health promotion

 

Overview

The Smart and deadly: community ownership, collaboration and cultural respect for effective Aboriginal sexual health promotion project aimed to develop sexual health promotion resources specifically for Indigenous youth in rural areas.

This collaborative community project involved 20 communities in the Albury-Wodonga border area of Victoria and New South Wales and ran from 2011 to 2012. The project applied a culturally appropriate and innovative team model in order to demonstrate respect, forge sustainable relationships, and achieve goals.

The project objectives were to:

In 2013 an evaluation of the project commenced which will:
  • document the evolution of the Smart and deadly approach and pilot implementation
  • identify its strengths and weaknesses
  • describe a model for community engagement and activism based on the findings.

This project was coordinated and funded by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health at the University of Melbourne.

Abstract adapted from the University of Melbourne

Contacts

Kylie Stephens
Senior Health Promotion Worker
Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health
Rural Health Academic Centre
University of Melbourne
49 Graham St
Shepparton Vic 3630
Ph: (03) 5721 2323
Email: kylies@unimelb.edu.au

Related publications

The University of Melbourne Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (2012)

Smart and deadly: sexual health promotion for Aboriginal young people: a resource for rural health workers to support culturally inclusive practice [DVD].

: The University of Melbourne Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health

This DVD is for workers collaborating with Aboriginal communities and organisations to facilitate sexual health promotion with Aboriginal young people. It illustrates the key principles that guide respectful and inclusive partnerships with Aboriginal people and communities.

From the initial gatherings to yarn and plan, through to the creation and launch of the health promotion resources, the DVD captures the experiences and insights of community members and Elders, young people, and workers involved in a sexual health and respectful relationships project with the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal community and over 20 local organisations. It also includes the six short educational YouTube clips and two rap songs developed by the Aboriginal young people and organisations involved in the project.

Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health abstract

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Last updated: 16 October 2013
 
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