The launch of an app that launches First Nations people on a journey of achievements

Developed by First Nations people and for First Nations people - a new app (Visual Dreaming) that helps build strength through achievements

The launch of an app that launches First Nations people on a journey of achievements

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 22 September 2020
      CMR - 036 - Leanne Sanders

 

Click on the play button above to listen to the full interview with Leanne

Click here to read the full transcript of the interview

 

Overview

Normally on Connection Matters Radio (CMR) our focus is on positive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories from around Victoria.

But every now and then there’s a story from beyond our borders that almost forces a breaking of that protocol. That’s precisely what happened when CMR read about a new app for mobile devices called Visual Dreaming.

It’s an app that’s been developed over a period of three years by a team of dedicated Aboriginal people in New South Wales and led by Leanne Sanders who’s the CEO of Visual Dreaming; and she spoke to CMR about the app, its development journey and potential to have positive impact on First Nations lives.

“When accessing mental health or disability services, a lot of questions are always asked about ‘What are your goals?’,” Leanne told CMR.

“And sitting in their meetings as a mental health clinician, I’d seen mob actually not know how to answer that question, so they weren’t actually able to have good supports and outcomes that they needed.

“So what we’re going to be releasing at the end of November is the My Story [component] where the user can prerecord or pre-write their story; and so when they go and see a general practitioner or a psychologist as part of their mental health plan, they can submit their story – their journey – so they’re not reliving their trauma.”

While the app started life as a support tool for people seeking NDIS assistance, it has emerged as a powerful tool to support personal goals of any and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. And, yes, even I have signed up…it’s free, by the way!

 

During this interview, Leanne discusses:

  • Using the Visual Dreaming app to build strength and resilience through goal-setting
  • The three-year journey leading to the launch of Visual Dreaming
  • Hopes and aspirations of the app and its positive impact on First Nations lives

 

For more information…

For more information about the Visual Dreaming app and company:

 

Click here to read the full transcript of the interview

Click on the play button below to listen to the full interview with Leanne

 

      CMR - 036 - Leanne Sanders

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