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The project distributed digital cameras to the participants during information sessions. Children then returned to their communities and took 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 was conducted to identify emergent themes and meanings.
A community report of the project findings was developed as well as an exhibition of the children’s photos held at VAHS during NAIDOC week.
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service