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About Break it Down
Break it Down - Community Conversations Around Wellbeing is a project facilitated by Desert Pea Media and funded by Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).

The overall purpose of the project was to facilitate an important, inter-generational conversation about social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in five communities in the NQPHN region. These communities included:

  • Bowen
  • Kuranda
  • Lockhart River
  • Palm Island
  • Thursday Island.

The project involved a dialogue-based storytelling process that encouraged participants to analyse 'the real', 'the ideal', and 'the bridge'. In simple terms, this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for themselves, for each other, and for their community.

The Break it Down project facilitated discussions around the truth of the past for First Nations Peoples, the effect it has on mental health and wellbeing today, and moving forward. 

Click on the links to the right to view the videos for each region. 

The videos are also featured on the Hitnet Community Hub.

Break It Down project evaluation film
Break it Down videos available on Hitnet

The suite of Break it Down short films and music videos are available on 15 Hitnet Hubs in the Cairns, Cape York, and Torres Strait regions, enabling easy access to the interactive channel for people who don’t have a mobile phone or who have limited data access.

Hitnet has also developed a Break it Down mobile app for both iPhones and androids.

The Break it Down app and Hitnet channel contain instructional audio, recorded by local DJ Matty from Bumma Bippera Media, that guides the user through the video stories and available information for people with low levels of literacy. 

Once the mobile app is downloaded to your mobile device it can be used offline, that is, you don't need an internet connection to view the videos over and over again.

This initiative aims to break down the barriers to accessing information and resources for those who are hardest to reach. To find out more about the Hitnet initiative, visit

Break it Down project is now on Hitnet
23 December 2021

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