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“If we win today we’re in the finals. It’s not for yourself today. Everything you do today is for all your team mates out there. You’ve done it all year, lift that care for each other up another notch. Let’s show them that there’s a bunch of blokes who know how to play for each other and know how to play footy,” Alan Brown, Coach, Fitzroy Stars Football Club.

“If we win today we’re in the finals. It’s not for yourself today. Everything you do today is for all your team mates out there. You’ve done it all year, lift that care for each other up another notch. Let’s show them that there’s a bunch of blokes who know how to play for each other and know how to play footy,” Alan Brown, Coach, Fitzroy Stars Football Club.

For the Fitzroy Stars Football Club, football is more than a game. The club nurtures a culture that promotes healthy lifestyles and offers pathways to employment. Its just one local Koori organisation in Melbourne working to benefit the social and emotional wellbeing of community members; work which has been documented in a new film, Sharing Our Stories, Building on Our Strengths.

The film, from Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit – a Koori community development, research, teaching and learning unit based at the University of Melbourne – documents the work of two Aboriginal health workers, Anthony Brown and Troy Austin. The film follows them from their community work to presenting at last year’s ‘From Margins to Mainstream’ 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health.

At the conference, Gunditjmara man and President of the Fitzroy Stars Football Club, Troy Austin, talked about the mission of the Club and how it is building strong links between Aboriginal and no-Aboriginal communities.

Coordinator of the Koori Kids Adolescents Unit at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Northcote, Anthony Brown, spoke on the Family Counselling Service, a service which he said strives to deliver health services in a holistic, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

Onemda’s Project Coordinator Ngarra Murray said the work of these two men are great examples of the positive ways local Koori community organisations in Melbourne are working together to build a healthier community.

“Onemda wanted to demonstrate that all social, cultural and community activities can contribute to better health outcomes,” she said.

Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit invites you to the launch of the film and report
Sharing Our Stories, Building on Our Strengths, which tells the story of Aboriginal health professionals as they prepare to present at the ‘From Margins to Mainstream’, 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health, and the support given to them by Onemda as part of its capacity-building work in the Koori community.

Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Time: 12 noon for a 12.15pm start (Lunch will be provided following the viewing of the film)
Where: Lecture Theatre B103, Basement, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton South The University of Melbourne
Special guests: Koori Youth Will Shake Spears

For catering purposes and dietary requirements please RSVP to onemda-events@unimelb.edu.au or Nicole Waddell on 8344 0813 by Thursday 23 April 2009.