Society & Culture
Contains over 89 Videos
Local adoptions are down, intercountry adoptions are on the rise. After IVF failed, Birthe and Guy adopted two Korean children through DOCS inter-country adoption programme. They strive to maintain cultural links between their children and Korea. They are supported through ASIAC, a support network of other adoptive parents. Gwenda, a social worker who interviews prospective parents for DOCS over the two years it takes to be assessed, stresses the special needs of overseas born adoptees and the adoptive family's ability to empathise. Lynelle, a Vietnamese adult adoptee, and founder of ICASN, a support group for adoptees, stresses the adoptees' confusion in identity and their need for cultural links with their country of origin. Show Less
Natalie (26) works as an accountant 4 days a week. Her husband Rob works as a chef on two days. They have 3 children: Hannah (7), Byron (5) and Joshua (1). The programme focuses on how Natalie juggles her work and parenting roles. We see her doing 'reading' in Hannah’s classroom, running a playgroup, taking care of her children on her one day off in the week. The rest of the week her husband looks after the kids except for Wednesday when they both have to work. Show Less
Families with children now seem to choose the primary caregiver based on the income of each parent rather than the gender. Rob (27) recently left his job as a chef to stay at home with Hannah (7), Byron (5) and Josh (1), while his wife began work as an accountant - a joint decision based on economics, more ‘child friendly’ work hours and temperament. Rob, brought up by separated parents who both worked full time, enjoys giving his children what he never had. Show Less
In 2003 a group of Year 9 students from a predominantly white, middle class school travel by bus to remote Aboriginal settlements in central Australia. Nearly 40 years ago a group of white and black Australians travelled through outback NSW on the so-called Freedom Ride. Gary Foley tells the story. The programme examines how those bus trips affected the lives of the participants and, in the case of the Freedom Ride, how it served to highlight issues of inequality between white and indigenous Australians. Through these journeys the programme poses important questions: how much have we learned as a society about equal access and opportunity for all our citizens? How much have we learned about tolerance and understanding? 'How Far Have We Come' was nominated for an ATOM (Aust Teachers of Media) award for Best Indigenous Resource, 2004. Show Less
Australians have one of the best health standards in the world. This information-filled programme looks at how public health strategies have brought this about.
This programme aims to provide an overview of Aboriginal health and provides some reasons why significant differences exist within Australia in terms of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.
This programme examines the current state of Indigenous psychological and physical health in Australia. Some relevant reports are cited and their findings are discussed.
This programme examines the significant impact of income, region, occupation, race and gender on health, the ways in which this manifests and the implications for health.
Is Australia really an egalitarian society? Do our tax and welfare systems still operate to keep the income gap between rich and poor from increasing too much? How is wealth distributed? What is the social wage? This programme answers these questions and more. Show Less
Defining the family in today’s society is not an easy task. This video does make the attempt! In the process we explore various types of families including nuclear, sole parent, blended, same-sex and extended families.
This programme covers the personal history of Aunty Beryl Carmichael, focusing particulary onher childhood, schooling and family life; an oral history of the Barkindji and Nygampaa people including changes to their environment and culture; her marriage and career and her efforts to establish a culture camp at Menindee. Show Less
"An Aboriginal is any person of Aboriginal descent who identifies as an Aboriginal and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives". In this unique programme, Aborigines speak frankly about what "being Aboriginal" means to them: about identity, racism, culture and families. Filmed in and around the Koori Open Door Education Centre in Victoria, the programme also provides the Nyungar and Murri perspectives. This innovative programme presented by Aboriginal students, elders, teachers and community leaders themselves is a 'must-see' for every student in Australia today. Show Less