Community arts and cultural development (CACD) organisation DADAA is the lead partner on the FIVE project. Rio Tinto is the project’s principal partner. FIVE involves working collaboratively with a range of state and local government groups, and local community organisations.
Rio Tinto's involvement in the FIVE project is part of a wider commitment to initiatives that offer long-term solutions to communities in the priority areas of environment, education, health and culture. By partnering to develop innovative responses in these key areas, Rio Tinto is able to contribute to making an impact on some of the most critical community issues. In relation to improving mental health, in recent years, Rio Tinto has developed a strategic framework, centered on developing formal and informal programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees and their families.
Rio Tinto’s partnership with DADAA goes back to 2002, when the company’s Community Investment Fund first partnered with DADAA in delivering CACD programs in the Pilbara. This was followed by a further long-term partnership that produced the Disseminate project – an evaluation, research and publishing project that conducted practical evaluations of CACD projects around Western Australia and evidence the rich variety of arts and health work being done nationally and internationally. Disseminate resulted in several hard copy publications and an online platform used widely by practitioners, academics and policy makers. The Rio Tinto–DADAA partnership has won several awards over the past decade.
FIVE is the most ambitious initiative of the partnership to date, and is unique in that it brings together a large global mining company and the CACD sector to address mental health needs in regional communities.