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Auntie Jessie Williams
11 Feb 2012
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The socially innovative intergenerational and cross cultural digital story telling project ‘Looking Back to The Future’ funded through the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing, was initiated by Slippry Sirkus and delivered in partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Services Council, Aboriginal Aged Care & Living Carefully. The 2010/ 11 project explored the impact of ageing and early onset dementia with a focus on the Aboriginal community through digital storytelling. The project also aimed to raise awareness of the challenges of ageing in the broader community while validating the role of seniors & elders . Consultation for the project was with Rachel Arkles who is based at NeuroScience Research Australia undertaking a PHD in in the area of Indigenous ageing and cognitive health. Her PhD entitled, "Experience and Meaning in Dementia: Aboriginal Elders in Urban Australia", addresses how dementia is experienced, explained and coped with in Indigenous families. The 'Looking Back to the Future' project engaged with elders and seniors, their families, carers and case workers Training in digital story telling was provided to case workers, carers and young people to produce their own stories, provide technical support and to build connection between the generations. .Outcomes included a DVD of stories and information which is archived in the regional library and available through service providers, digital media skills development, an uptake by service providers in the use of digital story telling tools and process, plus a public exhibition of portraits and digital stories where service providers in aged care provided information . The exhibiton travelled to communities across the NSW Mid North Coast region.

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