Indigenous online resources

Case study


To facilitate the integration of Indigenous health knowledge with the core subjects in the Master of Public Health, Alister Thorpe, lecturer in Indigenous Health and Sheila Scopis, Lecturer in curriculum development, Indigenous Health, wanted to develop a series of video interviews with Indigenous leaders in government, health, academia, and community.

'Indigenous online resources' case study video

The challenge

We were approached by the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health to produce this series of twenty expert online interviews, both in Melbourne and at a rural location, to be recorded intermittently over a 12-month period.

Female talking to camera in a studio

Our approach – seeking authenticity

In order to be highly responsive to the availability of interviewees, and to produce interviews with a consistent look and clean sound, we chose to record in the controlled environment of our Studio 1, in the Parkville campus.

Several studio ‘looks’ were trialled, and a soft white background was selected as the most appropriate.

A strong personal engagement between our audience and the interviewees was desired, so we decided not to include any additional illustrative video images or Alister, the interviewer. Instead all interviews were recorded in 4K (ultra-high definition) which allowed us to cut between a mid-shot and a close up of the interviewee when editing was required within a response.

For the rural interviews we travelled to Shepparton and recreated all of the onscreen attributes of our Studio 1 in Parkville as a pop-up studio in the Department of Rural Health.

As part of an implementation package for staff, we also collaboratively a produced a short case study video, explaining why and how the team undertook the project.

Professor Shaun Ewen talking to camera

The impact

The Indigenous Online Resources series and the case study video have been distributed to academics and core subject co-ordinators within the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health. These resources will be used both vertically and horizontally with the core subjects in the Master of Public Health.

They will also be available to other faculties within the University, and allied communities of practice.

Alister and Sheila recently presented this project at the annual CAPHIA conference in New Zealand.

On behalf of the School can I thank you for the professionalism and care you have shown throughout the period we have worked with you on this important project. It has been a pleasure working with Learning Environments and we are delighted with the final products.  
It is an excellent showcase of the collaborative work between Learning Environments and academics. Associate Professor Rosemary McKenzie, Director of Teaching and Learning, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health