Aurora TV September screening of Indigenous programs
Aurora Community Channel will re-broadcast four of the Rural Health Education Foundation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs during September 2009, following successful previous screenings in September 2008 and February 2009.
Aurora TV, now available through the digital versions of Austar, Foxtel and Optus TV, will show the four programs, which all highlight successful community initiatives for promoting good health, on Sunday evenings beginning September 6th.
The programs are Start Strong, Grow Strong, Keep Safe and Indigenous Mental Health: An Interview with Professor Ernest Hunter.
Aurora broadcast details
Start Strong (26 mins) – Sunday 6th September at 8.30pm (AEST)
Grow Strong (26 mins) – Sunday 13th September at 8.30pm (AEST)
Keep Safe (26 mins) – Sunday 20th September at 8.30pm (AEST)
Indigenous Mental Health: An Interview with Professor Ernest Hunter (16 mins) – Sunday 27th September at 8.30pm (AEST)
Foundation welcomes continuing partnership
“We’re delighted that our growing relationship with Aurora is helping us to build a wider audience for the Foundation’s educational programs,” says Don Perlgut, CEO of the Rural Health Education Foundation. “Aurora’s decision to re-broadcast these four programs to its viewers across Australia’s three major digital subscription television platforms also provides an additional, convenient access point for our core audience of Indigenous communities and rural & remote health professionals.”
Programs emphasise positive outcomes
Start Strong (airing on Sunday September 6th) and Grow Strong (Sunday September 13th) are both half-hour programs which showcase community-based initiatives designed to combat some of the poor birth outcomes and early health problems experienced by Aboriginal peoples. Start Strong and Grow Strong were filmed at the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service, Daruk Aboriginal Medical Service, Jirnani Childcare Centre on Bathurst Island, and the Strong Women Strong Babies Strong Culture program in Darwin.
Keep Safe (Sunday September 20th), another half-hour program, offers successful models and ideas for injury prevention in Aboriginal communities. Projects examined include the Hermannsburg (NT) Night Patrol, the Top End Women’s Legal Service (Darwin) and the Western Australian water safety initiative Watch the Kids.
The final Foundation program in the series, Indigenous Mental Health: An Interview with Professor Ernest Hunter (Sunday September 27th), is a 16-minute discussion with mental health specialist Professor Ernest Hunter about the serious challenges facing Indigenous mental health in Australia.
As broadcasts grow, reception remains strong
The first three of the four Foundation programs airing for a third time on Aurora have already been shown several times on SBS-TV, and have garnered a positive critical reception from independent reviewers. For example, Pat Brodie, National President of the Australian College of Midwives, describes Start Strong as “an essential program for all midwives, nurses, Aboriginal health workers and medical staff.”
The four programs premiered on the Foundation’s own national satellite broadcast network in 2007.
Available on DVD and the web
DVD copies of the four programs are available for purchase from the Foundation. The Foundation’s website also provides the four programs for viewing via video web-streaming or listening via an audio podcast, both free of charge.
Start Strong and Grow Strong were funded by an untied educational grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme with additional funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Ian Potter Foundation. Keep Safe was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
For more information about the broadcasts, please contact the Foundation.