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What is FIVE?

Established in August 2013, FIVE is a two-year project that will address the stigma of mental health in regional communities across Western Australia. Working through a series of community arts and cultural development (CAD) projects, the statewide initiative delivered programs during 2013 and 2014 in five communities: Paraburdoo, Busselton, Geraldton, Derby and Esperance. It engaged whole communities along with targeted projects for both fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and residential workers and their families, as well as members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.

Over two years, experienced artists from DADAA worked with participants in each of the five communities to create artistic works that resulted from a process of collaboration and engagement. In many ways, the FIVE project has pushed the boundaries of community arts and cultural development in Australia – particularly in the case of Paraburdoo. This site maps the processes and outcomes of FIVE.

The initiative supports the Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health 2020 strategy, one component of which is to build peer-to-peer connection as a means of facilitating dialogue around mental health.

FIVE addresses findings from recent research noting lack of communication and social isolation as contributing factors to poor mental health – particularly amongst the State’s regional communities.

Results from a two-year-long evaluation of individual project and collective outcomes will be shared with key stakeholders in each local community and with our key partners in Perth. They will be published on this site towards the middle of 2015.

Planning is under way for FIVE-2, with the aim of commencing projects in an additional five regional settings across Western Australia in late 2015.

Dadaa Principal partnerRio Tinto Arts partner Australia Council