Maintaining good health is a key aspect of our lives and a benefit to the community. Community broadcasting plays a big role in exploring and spotlighting health in all.
To mark World Health Day (celebrated annually on April 7, the anniversary of founding the World Health Organisation back in 1948), we’ve compiled a list of health-focused projects that are proudly supported by the CBF.
1. The Holistic Approach
This six-episode series was filmed and produced in South Australia to showcase the benefits that yoga, meditation and other holistic healing can have on our physical and mental health. Originally planned to be filmed in mid-2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic meant filming commenced in late October 2020 and finished in April 2021. Fortunately, the team managed to finish the first season that premiered on C44 in May 2021.
2. How Much Do You Know? – A short podcast series that explores the affects of HIV in Australia
Presented by Eastside Radio, How Much Do You Know? is a short podcast series that explores the affects of HIV in Australia. After a successful first season, season 2 debuted on December 1, 2021 to recognise the 40-year anniversary of HIV and World Aids Day. Each episode aired on Wednesday Drive between 4pm and 6pm.
This season features five individuals and takes the listener through an audio journey across the history of HIV.
3. Foundations to Flourish
King Island Community Radio is at the heart of the the island’s small, tight-knit community. The Foundations to Flourish initiative provides individuals with the skills and strategies to improve their mental wellbeing and resilience. The program consists of engagement activities leading to five whole-of-community workshops.
King Island Community Radio developed content to engage the community, promote program’s activities and reinforce the principles of positive psychology and wellbeing explored in the workshops over five months
4. Move It or Lose It
Move It or Lose It is a daily exercise program that encourages Australians over 55 to stay active. Over 70 episodes are available online to inspire viewers across the country to get moving doing different exercises including tai chi, yoga, stretching, chair-based exercises’, low impact aerobics and more. The program aims to improve fitness, flexibility and endurance, build strength and balance, and increase circulation and coordination.
Considered to be one of C31’s Melbourne and Geelong‘s most popular programs, the production team faced considerable challenges through the extended Melbourne COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders of 2020/21. This led to the team pivoting and launching Move It or Lose It: At Home to keep viewers moving. The series is also now produced in a wide variety of languages including English, Hindi, Arabic, Italian, and Vietnamese to name a few.
5. Mental Health First Aid training at MAINfm
Castlemaine’s much-loved community radio station MAINfm works closely with Able Radio, a radio program for everyone that explores topics related to disability and is presented by people with disability. A CBF Development & Operations grant provided funding for a training and volunteer coordinator to support delivering specialised training for people with a disability and mental health issues.
The program was also supported by local Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) trainer Kate Elliott and Mental Health First Aid Trainer Kya Moore.
Able Radio is broadcast every Friday between 1pm and 2pm.
6. Shared Stories from Kilmore Hospital
OKRFM serves the communities living on Melbourne’s outer urban fringe in Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford and other smaller communities. The CBF supported the OKRFM to record interviews with health services and community groups involved in the health-focussed Community Wellbeing Project. Facilitated by two Swinburne university researchers the project was based out of the Kilmore Hospital.
The interviews explored what it was like for people engaging with these services and the outcomes from their experience. The interview with a road accident survivor who had received wonderful support from Road Trauma Support Services Victoria was a particular highlight of this project for the OKRFM team.
7. Dis n Dat Disability Advocacy
Dis n Dat Disability Advocacy Program is a 2-hour ongoing weekly program on 2BOB Radio produced by wheelchair user Mat Earley involving disabled presenters from local Disability Support Organisations in the area.
The show has always contributed to health promotion and positive mental health, but was especially committed throughout the early stages of the global pandemic. Host Mat setup a home studio to continue broadcasting imparting crucial health advice to their core listener base and impart a sense of normality to help contribute to positive mental health.
About our grants
Quick Response Grants are also available outside our grant rounds for community media organisations that are experiencing emergencies.
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