HITnet is a digital social enterprise, an innovative Australian ‘Media for Development’ company that produces rich learning media ‘with and for’ those living on the wrong side of the digital divide – people marginalised by culture, technology and distance.
HITnet has 60 touchscreen kiosks (or Community Hubs) on its national network, and a virtual online kiosk, delivering culturally appropriate health and wellbeing information to disadvantaged Australians. Community Hubs are installed in health centres, schools, youth drop-in centres, and correctional centres. We are now adapting our digital stories for use on mobile devices, to further reach our target audience.
HITnet uses creative community production processes to work with people at the grass roots to produce the digital stories that carry key social health messages, using local language, storylines, music and actors. These productions provide real jobs and skill acquisition for communities marginalized by geography, culture and disadvantage. The Hip Hop for Health Project was an example of one of our creative community productions.
HITnet Hip Hop for Health Project in Napranum, Cape York
In the build up to the wet season in 2013, HITnet partnered with the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to produce a music video Here We Go that celebrates good mental health and the very best of Napranum community and its people.
The project addressed the vulnerabilities of disengaged youth by building resilience skills through intergenerational and peer participation processes. Hosted by the Napranum PCYC, supported by Queensland Health’s remote mental health team and targeting young people, it focused on providing the understanding and skills required for young people to support their peers in dealing with the pressures of substance use.
HITnet and IHHP also documented the workshop process on video and collected vox pops from participants to capture changes in mental health literacy, digital inclusion, social inclusion and self-esteem.
Here we go, has been viewed over 10,000 times on YouTube and 700 times on the Napranum Community Hub and will soon be distributed across the national network for other communities to share.