The project is now in its final stages. Digital cameras were distributed to the participants during information sessions. Children then returned to their communities and tooks photos of things that make them feel healthy and well. After one to two weeks cameras were collected, photos printed and coded, with each child given one copy of their own photographs.
Children were then invited to attend a focus group discussion with other children in the research project. Focus group discussions were limited to five participants. The children’s photographs were used to facilitate discussion in the focus group about their perspectives of health and wellbeing. Follow up interviews also occurred. A thematic analysis of focus groups transcripts and content analysis of the photographs has been conducted to identify emergent themes and meanings.
A community report of the project findings has now been finalised as well as an exhibition of the children’s photos held at VAHS during NAIDOC week. Peer reviewed journal publications are now in preparation.
- Photo exhibition shows how Koori kids keep healthy and well, Wangka Pulka, August 2012