Among the many highlights of Melbourne’s 2012 NAIDOC Week was a stunning exhibition of photographs taken by Koori children as part of a broader research project exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of health and wellbeing in an urban area.
The Yarning Up with Koori Kids project – a collaboration between the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and the University of Melbourne – was supported by the Lowitja Institute through the supply of digital cameras to the 31 children taking part. Their mission: to take photos of what made them healthy and well!
These photos helped facilitate discussions with researchers about the issues the children found important in keeping healthy and well, and their perspectives have been included in a Community Report already prepared by the project partners. It is hoped the project will ultimately help researchers, policy and decision makers, health and education workers, and the broader community arrive at a greater understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.
It gives us great pleasure to be able to present a selection of the photos from the exhibition, which was officially launched at VAHS’s Fitzroy head office on 4 July 2012 as part of the organisation’s Open Day.
Photos from the Yarning Up with Koori Kids exhibition courtesy of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
Also see project page: Yarning up with Koori kids.