Background to the Research
This is a brief commentary on a new initiative to promote engagement with the wider community through the Catalyst Clemente project, which was introduced in Western Australia in 2008. It encourages participants to improve their personal situation through learning and developing essential skills in a supportive environment. It also seeks to promote self-confidence in people at risk of homelessness or physical and mental illness, by encouraging them to take control of their lives and bring about personal change through undergraduate education The program gives applicants the opportunity to do accredited university courses in the area of the humanities. I was asked to join the project for one semester at Mission Australia’s Maddington office in south-east Metropolitan Perth. Edith Cowan University (ECU) provides the lecturer while Woodside’s Community Initiative Program assists with additional mid–week educational support. Mission Australia wants to expand the program to include other universities in Australia.
About the Author
Dr Trevor Cullen is a professor in journalism in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. He has received several university and national teaching and research awards. His research areas include journalism education, health reporting and media coverage of infectious diseases, especially HIV. Dr Cullen is on the editorial board of Pacific Journalism Review.
Cullen, T. (2009). The Catalyst Clemente project: Making journalism education accessible to disadvantaged Australians. Retrieved from https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworks/324