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Indigenous Hip Hop Projects



Indigenous Hip Hop Projects is a team of artists with talents in all elements of hip hop, media, entertainment, and performing arts who formed in 2004 to work with Aboriginal communities, particularly youths, around Australia. Among the many programs offered, the team facilitates workshops where traditional Indigenous culture and hip hop are combined and taught, with the aim of promoting self-expression, positive social behaviours, healthy outcomes, and strengthening community.

The group has partnered with beyondblue to raise awareness of social and emotional wellbeing among young Indigenous people in regional, rural, and remote Australia. Through workshops and a website, the group seeks to minimise risk factors and maximise protective factors associated with depression and anxiety by connecting youths with their communities, decreasing shame, and enhancing self-esteem. The group actively promotes the Youthbeyondblue message of 'look (for signs of depression), listen (to your friends' experiences), talk (about what's going on), and seek help together'.

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects has been evaluated in several sites in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia. Findings from this evaluation revealed the health promotion messages are well received by the young people. Females and young people with special needs, as well as young people attending school, expressed a high level of satisfaction with the hip hop workshops. The workshops also had a particularly positive impact on the following two areas: talking with friends or family about what's going on, and seeking help.


Indigenous Hip Hop Projects team
325 Victoria Street
Brunswick Vic 3056
Ph: (03) 9387 6241

PO Box 6100
Hawthorn West Vic 3122
Ph: (03) 9810 6100
Fax: (03) 9810 6111

Related publications

MCMooks, GREATS Youth Services, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (2016)

IHHP - Maningrida 'Living Sugar Free'.

: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

In this video Aboriginal youth from Maningrida in the Northern Territory promote the healthy message of living sugar free by choosing water and milk as the number one health drinks. The theme of the video is centered around the issue of high levels of sugar consumption in the Aboriginal community and how they are highly addictive.

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects partnered with Greats Youth Services Maningrida and Menzies School of Health Research to develop this video.

Living Sugar Free runs for three minutes and eighteen seconds.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (2016)

My Heart Keeps Beating.

: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

This music video aims to raise awareness about rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The resource encourages children to attend a health clinic if they have a sore throat or skin infection in order to prevent RHD. It also explains that people with RHD need to get an injection every 28 days to stay healthy.

This video was produced by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects in partnership with Malabam Health Service, GYS Maningrida and Menzies School of Health Research and features Maningrida community members who have RHD.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Indigenous Eye Health Unit (2015)

Check Today, See Tomorrow - Urban Eyes (Deception Bay, Qld).

: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, University of Melbourne

This music video aims to raise awareness around the issue of diabetes and eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The resource will form part of a national campaign encouraging community members to get a yearly eye check and to raise awareness among the community around prevention and treatment for eye health.

The music video was created by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (Minum Barreng) at The University of Melbourne in partnership with the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health, Deception Bay Clinic, Moreton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Eye Health Unit

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (2014)

IHHP Broome - Stand up.

: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

IHHP Broome - Stand up is a hip hop beat and music video that targets the problem of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the community of Broome, Western Australia (WA). The messages of the track and video are:

The track and video are produced by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Indigenous Hip Hop Project (2012)

IHHP Mornington Island Hit The Ground.

: Indigenous Hip Hop Project

This music video was created by members of the Mornington Island community in Queensland and the Indigenous Hip Hop Project.

The video focuses on:

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

Evaluated publications

McEwan A, Crouch A, Robertson H, Fagan P (2013)

The Torres Indigenous Hip Hop Project: evaluating the use of performing arts as a medium for sexual health promotion.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 24(2): 132-136

Crouch A, Robertson H, Fagan P (2011)

Hip hopping the gap – performing arts approaches to sexual health disadvantage in young people in remote settings.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S34-S37

Indigenous Hip Hop Project (2011)

Indigenous hip hop project report: Dalby and St George: 2009-2010.

Cairns, QLD: Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health

beyondblue, ed. (2010)

Research: targeted research in depression, anxiety and related disorders 2007-2010.

Canberra: beyondblue


Last updated: 14 November 2016
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