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This project was designed to address substance use and pregnancy and keep culture strong by using a strengths-based approach. A series of workshops across six states and territories were conducted in 2011.
More than 70 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged between 14 and 18 years participated and were asked to reflect on the theme of Us young women matter. A range of approaches were used including an awareness of issues related to Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The women documented their ideas about why they matter, using a variety of story-telling techniques.
The project generated a booklet, reflections, poetry and lyrics, two rap songs, photos, and audio visual material.
The workshop was run by staff from the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in collaboration with Wurundjeri Elders and local agencies including local schools and health services.
Abstract adapted from Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
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