Smart & Deadly: community ownership, collaboration, & cultural respect for effective Aboriginal sexual health promotion

One of the top sexual health priorities identified by local Aboriginal communities in the Goulburn Valley and northeast Victoria in 2010 was the need for sexual health resources specifically for young, rural Aboriginal people. In 2011-2012, CERSH focused its work in northeast Victoria and initiated a collaborative community project in Albury Wodonga to achieve this objective. The result is a series of resources for both young Aboriginal people and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers.

A summary of the Smart and deadly teamwork model, resources produced, and outcomes is documented in this PDF: Smart & Deadly Summary September 2012 You can also view short embedded clips from the DVD.

Education Forums

Deadly Carers Day Out. This short clip captures the experiences and opinions of Parents and carers participating in a Sexual Health Forum, August 2011 (2.27 mins) Short Film: Deadly Carers Day Out

Won’t Lie to ya, BUT…... This short clip captures the positive experiences for both students and workers participating in a Sexual Health Forum, attended by over 80 Koori students and 30 workers, August 2011 (2.37 mins) ) Short Film: Won't lie to Ya, BUT...... 

Sex, Love & Kinections This clip captures the positive and respectful atmosphere of our final youth forum, and included the launch of the YouTube clips, the evaluation process used and the creation of two rap songs, March 2012(5.00 mins)

Educational resources for young people

Six short educational YouTube clips and two rap songs developed by the Aboriginal young people and organisations in northeast Victoria. All can be accessed via the youtube channel

Descriptions of the clips and direct links:

Gammin’ But True: Short Clips about Your Bits A series of short humorous clips about Sexually Transmissible Infections. Created by the Smart and Deadly drama group, the topic of STI’s was chosen as they believed many young people don’t take much notice of what you can catch and how to avoid it. “At the same time we didn’t want to bore people with the dry facts about STI’s so we decided to make it funny and a bit quirky so people would remember. Last Kinection gave us permission to use their music” (4.30 mins).

It’s That Easy: What’s involved in a sexual health check-up Portraying the experience of two young people who visit a sexual health clinic, this clip was developed to demystify visiting a sexual health clinic. It also provides education about Chlamydia. “People our age living in rural towns can find it pretty scary and shame going to a clinic so we wanted to see what it was like for ourselves and be able to show other young people it’s not that hard to do. You have a choice, you don’t just have to use the Aboriginal health service; you can walk in to any mainstream clinic and you will get friendly non judgemental support, no matter where it is” (6.29 mins).

Just respect A clip that uses hip hop and dance to express feelings about respectful relationships. The hip hop and dance participants developed their dance piece and the drama group worked out the script and recorded the voiceovers. “The final touch was putting the soundtrack on, and we were really lucky that Last Kinection gave us permission to use their track ‘Black Fellas’”(2.58 mins)

Hip Hop and Relationships Interviews with young people about respectful relationships. “I really enjoyed the whole filming and editing process; we did all the interviews, filming, cutting and effects ourselves” (3.07 mins)

A Real Man A rap song created by young men and members of the Last Kinection at the ‘Sex, Love & Kinections’ forum (2.05 mins)

Love not Lust A rap song created by young women and members of the Last Kinection at the ‘Sex, Love & Kinections’ forum (2.23 mins)

Boorai Casts: Engaging Koori Mums and Dad through art depicts two young pregnant women making and decorating their Boorai casts. This clip was developed by Aboriginal workers as an example of innovative ways to educate about pregnancy and birth and connect young pregnant Aboriginal women and their partners with their culture. Please note, some Aboriginal people may consider this clip women’s business only(7.57 mins)

Health Information workshops: Engaging Koori Mums and Dad through art uses footage from a sexual health information day, including the use of art, to describe the process used by the Aboriginal workers to engage with young women and their partners (4.56 mins)

Resource for workers

Smart & Deadly Sexual Health Promotion for Aboriginal Young People: a resource for workers to support culturally inclusive practice This DVD is for workers collaborating with Aboriginal communities and organisations to facilitate sexual health promotion with Aboriginal young people. It illustrates the key principles that guide respectful and inclusive partnerships with Aboriginal people and communities. From the initial gatherings to yarn and plan, through to the creation and launch of the health promotion resources, the DVD captures the experiences and insights of community members and Elders, young people and workers involved in a sexual health and respectful relationships project with the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal community and over 20 local organisations. It also includes the six short educational YouTube clips and two rap songs developed by the Aboriginal young people and organisations involved in the project.

To order a free DVD please use the order form Smart and Deadly DVD\CERSH-Smart and Deadly DVD Order Form.pdfor email Kylie Stephens

For further information visit or contact Kylie Stephens, Senior Health Promotion Worker, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health, Rural Health Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne. Ph: 0417054040 or email:

Other Useful Resources

Close The Gap Clearinghouse 2012  “Education Programs for Indigenous Australians about STIs and BBVs”

SHineSA (family Planning in in South Australia) has some excellence resources and reports



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