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Visionaries: Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services contracted Inception Strategies to develop a comic that educates Indigenous young people about the dangers of volatile substance misuse.

Workshops: The workshops to develop the script were held with Indigenous young people and elders in Townsville, Queensland.

Production: Damian:

Workshops, Script, Creative Supervision

Chris:

Workshop Notes

Diana:

Script

Jason:

Pencils and Inks

K.Loh:

Colours

Jaymes:

Letters

Kelly and Sonia:

Editing

Jo and Jacqueline:

Editing

Parental Advice Warning

Ben:

Editing, Proofing

Lia, Sam and Erik:

Proofing

Niki:

Editing, Pre Press

There are some scenes in this comic that show young people inhaling volatile substances including paint.

Thanks:

We hope this comic encourages Indigenous young people to avoid inhaling volatile substances. Damian Amamoo, CEO, Inception Strategies

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The VSM Safe Place provides safety, support and assistance to young people and their families who use or are affected in some way by volatile substance misuse. We aim to do this through: Individual Support – personal, emotional, cultural, social, educational and recreational. Holistic Health Support and Referral including drug and alcohol awareness and counselling for stolen generation and cultural issues. Outreach/Diversionary Activities including footy/touch, bush tucker, recreational activities and cultural tours including local cave art. Transport and Supervision for young people to access activities in the community. Educational/Motivational Programs - VSM Youth Education workshops, “Barriers” goal-setting workshops, “On the Ground” training workshops for industry workers and “Yarning Circles” - a verbal learning circle designed to assist people in sharing their voice and experiences. Rest and Recovery - 72 hour placement for young people under the influence, where personal safety, hygiene and nutrition are addressed. Health assessments and referrals are made and case management is undertaken where required. Resources/Information - providing resources and information around youth substance misuse.

REST RECOVER ENGAGE DISCOVER For more information, contact the TAIHS VSM Team on 0419 760 965. IS_Wandajua_C1c.indd 27

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We would like to thank the following talented people for their assistance in developing the storyline: Brad Mayo, Bryce Meeks, Cherie Brady, Donna Cobbo, Fabian Quartpot, Michael Purcell, Tiarna Freeman and Tristan Goodwin.

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Wandajua  

Social comic aimed to discourage young Indigenous people from inhaling volatile substances.