Indigenous Storybook

PHAIWA has been successful in securing a grant from the Government of Western Australia's Social Innovation Grant Program and additional funding from Healthway to develop an Indigenous Storybook. The idea for this project came from the recently completed Indigenous smoking project where PHAIWA found that many great community based projects were occurring in rural and remote Indigenous communities, but few were being shared with others.


Photo from Broome’s Men’s Outreach Centre Story

Titled: Wheels Turning – the story of Life Cycle

PHAIWA believes story telling is a creative avenue to disseminate information to many people in a user friendly and non-threatening way. In this project, Indigenous practitioner’s stories will be shaped by their personal history, biography, gender, social class, location and those of the people in the setting/story. These stories will hopefully encourage change in how public health projects are planned, delivered and disseminated through directly with the storytellers in supporting them to publish and present their stories, or indirectly through communities and partners who read a story and consider it replicable in their own settings.

The storybook aims to:

  • to provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of “writing workshops” and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • embrace a holistic view of health. Stories will be drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health – such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
  • showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories will highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.

PHAIWA has formed an overarching Steering Committee to oversee the concept and to assist with recruiting storytellers. 

The first Storybook which focused on the Kimberley region was launched in October 2011. The second edition which focused on the Perth and peel Regions was launched in August 2012. Two more Storybooks are planned for the Kalgoorlie/South West region and the Central Wheatbelt Region.

If you would like to look at a Storybook, please download a copy from the link below.

If you would like to know more about this project or contribute a story please (see below to download a copy of the Storybook framework) contact Sunni Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9266 2344.

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