Online Reasons for Use Package
This research investigates the form and functionality of an online health tool in the area of dual diagnosis. There is currently no existing online dual diagnosis package available for Australian health workers. This research examines how the RFUP content can be successfully translated into an online tool, considering the opportunities and obstacles that health workers face when using the package, and how the user experience design can enhance usability and efficacy. In collaboration with NEXUS Dual Diagnosis Service, St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne.
Journey to Recovery
In collaboration with NEXUS Dual Diagnosis Service, St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, this research investigates from a "lived experience" perspective the engagement of consumers and carers who experience substance use and mental health concerns. Animated documentary is an effective means of capturing the lived experience of vulnerable individuals. It uses the voice of the subject combined with images to tell their story. The documentary aims to present the subject as a “whole” person beyond just the dual-diagnosis issues.
My Life Now
My Life Now used animated documentary to represent the stories told by children whose parents were in jail. In collaboration with Dr. Catherine Flynn from the Department of Social Work at Monash University and the Shine for Kids foundation
My Life Now was awarded the 2015 Monash University Vice Chancellors Social Inclusion and Diversity Award.
Representing Intellectual Disability in Poetic Documentary
This PhD considered the politics and the aesthetics of representation of people with an intellectual disability and their carers. Disability in film and video has gone through many incarnations. Early cinema portrayed disability as something to be feared or cured. Later films such as My Left Foot (1989) celebrate an individuals triumph over their disability. Rainman (1988) highlights the extraordinary abilities some people with an intellectual disability possess. But in documentary not all people with an intellectual disability have a story that conforms to these narratives. Indeed some disability advocates object to the representation of disability as a tragedy to be overcome through heroic effort.
Stylistically the films use a poetic mode of representation; particularly useful as many of the film's subjects were unable to tell their story in their own words. So instead of being told their story by others the films evoke their lives through sound and image.
This research has produced two major projects, the videos and exhibition for the Kew Cottages History Project and the What Next? series of documentaries. It also resulted in the book chapter 'Poetic Documentary And Visual Anthropology: Evoking The Subject' in Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research edited by Estelle Barrett and Barbara Bolt.