IEH were proud to partner with CAAMA radio for the Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: Strengthen & Sustain National Conference.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) came to life in 1982 with the establishment of radio station 8KIN FM. Aboriginal-owned media was seen as being vital to the broad educational and community development aspirations of Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Radio was a way to give voice to Aboriginal hopes and dreams as well as being a tool to maintain and sustain the culture and languages of Central Australia. Originally offering music and programming in Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Warlpiri, today CAAMA broadcasts in half a dozen more Indigenous languages, reaching communities across Australia.
CAAMA plays a major role in the maintenance of Indigenous Language and Culture in Central Australia. CAAMA’s social charter is to use the mediums of radio and television to give Aboriginal people a strong voice in the development of country, culture, politics and education; to use the broadcasting arts and sciences to arrest cultural disintegration, to empower people and bring inspiration to their lives.
Interview with Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor
Prior to the conference, Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor sat down with CAAMA reporter Paul Wiles to talk about the work of IEH and the collaborative efforts to close the gap for vision.
‘Strong Voices’ 2-hour Live Broadcast
On Day 1 of the conference, CAAMA radio broadcast their weekly program ‘Strong Voices’ live from the conference. Hosts Paul Wiles, Lorena Walker & Damien Williams interviewed a number of conference delegates from across Australia during the broadcast including Head of IEH Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor, IEH Trachoma Education & Engagement Manager Angee Ross, Australia first Indigenous Ophthalmologist Dr Kris Rallah-Baker, Alice Springs Ophthalmologist Tim Henderson, Trevor Buzzacott from Aboriginal Community Services SA and Angus Turner from Lions Outback Vision.
Interview with Pitjantjatjara Elder Mr Murray George
Co-ordinator of Kuru ngukintjuku the trachoma and eye health program in APY Lands Pitjantjatjara Elder Murray George speaks of the importance of cross-cultural knowledge sharing in the effort to eliminate trachoma.