VAHS, a home away from home

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) building 

Filmed and produced by staff & students of the Koori Kollij Media Program c.1982.

This video is presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.

Exhibition dates are Monday 30 October to Sunday 17 December 2023.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this exhibition contains images of people who have passed away.

This year the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) celebrates 50 years of caring for community since it established in 1973 ‘to respect our past, honour our present, and to build our future’. Established on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy by Community members, VAHS has been instrumental in leading the development of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations across the state and the nation. As the oldest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Victoria, and second oldest in the country, VAHS has been embedded and connected to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for five decades.

This video was filmed and produced by staff and students of the Koori Kollij Media Program in c. 1982. It shows the VAHS building at 136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (painted in the colours of the Aboriginal flag) from different angles; and locates it within surrounding areas of inner-city Melbourne. This film is a snapshot of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, as they come and go; or stay and gather around the building to socialise, have a yarn and support each other. VAHS is the hub of Aboriginal Victoria, it is a meeting place where mob feel safe, socially connected, and strong. This film captures a moment in time over 40 years ago, but VAHS remains the same today—the heart of the Victorian Aboriginal community.



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