In Conversation with Louise Scheidl

Louise Scheidl is an Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Promotion Officer for Albury Wodonga Health.

Louise joins us to discuss My Place My Home, a community-based arts project focussed on young people affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires in Victoria’s Corryong area.

In this conversation, Louise and Scotia discuss:

  • The layered impacts of the 2019/2020 bushfires followed closely by Covid-19 and the importance of supporting young people and their families through this complex recovery
  • The overwhelming local support for My Place, My Home and the model of engagement they have created to bring together local organisations, health services and educators
  • The first stage of the My Place, My Home program where four local primary and high schools participated in a range of creative workshops facilitated by local artists including visual arts, cartooning, drama, circus, drumming and rhythm, script writing, soundscaping, cartooning and shadow puppetry

The school workshops for My Place, My Home were facilitated by local artists from the Corryong, Walwa, Cudgewa, Albury and Wodonga areas. They are: Alison Plasto; Barbara Pritchard; Kirrily Anderson; Per Westman; Adrian Osborne; Alyson Evans; and Margaret Gleeson.
My Place, My Home is supported by: Corryong Health, Albury Wodonga Health, Gateway Health, Creative Recovery Network, Towong Shire, Bushfire Recovery Vic-toria, Regional Arts Victoria, Catholic Education Sandhurst, NSW Department of Education, Corryong Neighbourhood House, Beyond Blue’s Bushfire Response Pro-gram and The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Healthy Living.

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