IT TAKES A VILLAGE

2008. 26m. SBS, NITV. Three stories of rural community health programs preventing child abuse and neglect in Kalumburu, Western Australia, Mildura, Victoria and Nowra, New South Wales. The Indigenous community of Kalumburu  is home to around 400 people. The community was devastated in late 2007 by the arrest of a number of its men and youth on charges of child sexual assault. The community sought the help of Professor Judy Atkinson (Director, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW) to deliver a two year program of community capacity-building through a series of workshops. A program in Mildura, Victoria is an example of two service groups - maternal and child health nurses and youth officers - joining forces to work with a group of new young mothers. An innovative workshop in Nowra NSW gets fathers along to get tips about fishing as well as parenting. Instigated by local GPs and health workers, the program aims to support families before abuse or neglect occurs. Presented by Julie McCrossin. Produced for the Rural Health Education Foundation. It takes a Village It takes a Village