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The Photovoice Project: remote Aboriginal pool research

Posted on: 28 November, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 4, October 2016 – December 2016
Related to Environmental health Ear health Infectious conditions Remote Rural Western Australia

Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (2016)
The Photovoice Project: remote Aboriginal pool research
Perth: Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia

This report formally evaluates the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool (RASP) program run by the Royal Life Saving Society WA in Western Australia (WA). The RASP is a long-term remote pool management program that funds aquatic facilities, activities and staff in six communities in the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Using school attendance and pool data, as well yarning and photovoice processes, the evaluation sought to answer these questions:

  • How does having a swimming pool impact on the wellbeing (health and social) of remote Aboriginal communities?
  • What barriers exist to pool use across all age groups in the community and how can they be addressed?
  • Does the school-pool reward system and the use of the pool by the school help young people to overcome barriers to school attendance?
  • Do children and young people who often miss out on school still make use of the swimming pool and derive benefits?

The results of the evaluation provide justification for the expansion of the RASP program into more Aboriginal communities in WA.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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