The Torres Indigenous Hip Hop Project: evaluating the use of performing arts as a medium for sexual health promotion

McEwan, Alexandra, Crouch, Alan, Robertson, Heather, and Fagan, Patricia (2013) The Torres Indigenous Hip Hop Project: evaluating the use of performing arts as a medium for sexual health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24 (2). pp. 132-136.

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Issue addressed: The Torres Indigenous Hip Hop Project (the Project) was conducted in the Torres and Northern Peninsula Area of Queensland during early 2010. This paper provides a critical analysis of project outcomes and identifies criteria that may form a suitable framework for the assessment of proposals for sexual health promotion using performing arts-based approaches in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings.

Methods: A case study method was used. The first phase of analysis assessed whether project objectives were met using data collected during project planning and implementation. The second phase used these findings, augmented by interviews with key personnel, to respond to the question 'How could this be done better?'.

Results: The Project required significant human and organisational implementation support. The project was successful in facilitating event-specific community mobilisation. It raised awareness of sexual health disadvantage and engaged effectively with the target group. It laid important groundwork to progress school-based and community mechanisms to address regional youth disadvantage. Against these benefits are issues of opportunity cost and the need for ongoing resources to capitalise on the opportunities created.

Conclusions: With substantial support and planning, such approaches can play an important role in engaging young people and bridging the gap between clinical interventions and improvements in health deriving from community-driven strategies.

So what?: This paper contributes to existing literature by identifying key elements of an effective approach to using performing arts in sexual health promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings. It also provides guidance when consideration is being given to investment in resource-intensive health promotion initiatives.

Item ID: 32013
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-1073
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community participation, evaluation methods, health promotion strategies, sexually transmissible infections
Projects and Grants: National Partnership Agreement-Indigenous Early Childhood Development grant
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 23:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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