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“IN THE MAKING” Visionaries: The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing,

Ken Teo from Wiltanendi and Alwin Chong from the Aboriginal Health Council of SA engage Inception Strategies to produce a social comic that addresses peer group issues in the context of Indigenous alcohol and other drugs use.


 he workshops to develop the comic script were held at the Indigenous T Sports Academy, Para West Campus.

Production Team: Damian: Workshops, Script Editing, Creative Supervision

Brett: Reference Sheets, Graphic Design Herman: Pencils Anton and Larisa: Colouring Jaymes: Lettering

Thanks: “Friendz” was made possible through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA).

Thanks to Jenni, Dirk, Cathy, Kerry and Michelle from DOHA, Ken Teo and Peter Smith from Wiltanendi, Alwin Chong and Darrien Bromley from the Aboriginal Health Council of SA for helping to make the project a reality. Indigenous Sports Academy, Para West Campus for the use of their venue for the workshop.

I hope you like ‘Friendz’ - Ciao! Damian Amamoo, CEO Inception Strategies

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia AHCSA is the peak body representing Aboriginal community controlled health and substance misuse services in South Australia at a state and national level. First incorporated in 1981, AHCSA advocated for Aboriginal people in South Australia and supported Aboriginal Health Workers and community controlled health organisations. Over the years, the Council has had many achievements: • Influencing, advocating and assisting the development of six Aboriginal Health Services. • Establishing the Aboriginal Primary Health Care Workers Forum. • Establishing the Aboriginal Health and Research Ethics Committee. • Auspicing training for the Aboriginal Primary Health Care Certificate. • Administering the Commonwealth funded Recruitment Program in South Australia. • Completion of a wide range of other projects. • Supporting various initiatives in research, ethics, education/training and investigations. In March 1999, AHCSA commissioned a strategic review of its operations and identified the need for a peak community voice on Aboriginal health issues in South Australia. To increase the effectiveness and representation of AHCSA, the review recommended that the Council separate from Government and become a community-controlled organisation in its own right. This took effect on 18 October 2001 when the Council re-incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act. Tel: (08) 8132 6700 Fax: (08) 8132 6799

We welcome your feedback on this comic. Or you can visit us at,

We would like to thank the following talented people for their assistance in developing the story. Jack Ansell Cameron Forbes Katrina Paulley Johnny Rigney-Starri

Tanya Katianos Denise Groves Daniel Giles Kayla Agius

Marion Guttridge Jemicia Kember Dillon Kite and Enoch


Friendz is a social comic that explores relationships between people and how these relationships can influence alcohol and substance use.

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