Graphic: Naomi Hobson with RFDS Staff

RFDS strengthens connections with Cape York communities

Date published

13 Oct 2021

Community members in Cape York have been invited to participate in a special project, launched in conjunction with this year's Queensland Mental Health Week (9-17 October).

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) has engaged Indigenous photographer, Naomi Hobson, to capture portraits in communities serviced by the Flying Doctor’s Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

RFDS Manager - Far North Mental Health, Jos Middleton, said the program provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen connections with Indigenous people in the Cape.

“Participants will chat with a mental health clinician during their photoshoot and discuss what provides them with strength while living in community,” she said.

“Each response will be captured and presented alongside the framed photograph of the individual or family, and provided to the participant to keep.

“The project provides community members with the opportunity to share a meaningful story which can inspire others to have the confidence to share their own tales.”

Ms Middleton said the program would also raise awareness of the mental health services available to community members, in addition to encouraging participants to consider what is important for their own mental health and wellbeing.

Photographer Naomi Hobson will travel to eight different locations over the coming three months as part of the program.

Community members from Lockhart River, Northern Peninsula Area, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Mapoon, Napranum, Laura and Wujal Wujal will be invited to participate in this unique project.