Co-creating knowledge
to transform lives


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Who we are


Hitnet is an innovative Australian ‘Media for Development’ company that produces rich learning media with and for those living on the wrong side of the digital divide – populations marginalised by culture, technology, socio-economic disadvantage and distance.

What we do


Hitnet empowers marginalised communities by co-creating and disseminating culturally targeted information through an evolving digital eco-system.

We address the tough stuff – the chronic health and social issues like smoking, STIs, teenage pregnancy, depression and suicide. We tackle serious issues in an engaging, culturally appropriate way.

With a national network of touchscreen kiosks in some of Australia’s remotest areas, Hitnet’s content methodology maximises learning, retention and compliance through an audio-visual touch interface.


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Our Values

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Our Values

Our values guide each and every business decision, and the organisations and people we choose to partner with, as we work together to fulfill our purpose. We are…


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Open-hearted and open-minded.

Whether we’re working in a community or with one of our many partners, we approach all our interactions with an open-heart and an open-mind. We’re generous with our knowledge, ideas and connections, as our partners are with us.

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Playful yet serious.

What we do is serious, and we take it seriously, but we also know how to have fun. The stories and information we share through our community hubs tackle serious problems with a playful approach, and that’s why they leave their mark.


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Passionately inventive.

We’re wildly creative and inventive and we’re always searching for new ways to advance learning. When traditional and cultural knowledge take their rightful place alongside innovative learning, literacy improves and our work transforms lives.

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Technologists at heart.

While technology is the backbone of our business, it’s also the key to unlocking the digital divide and to creatively engaging the next generation. Our community hubs are at the epicenter of interaction and connection allowing us to spread the information that really matters to the remotest corners.


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Committed to co-creation.

We don’t hold all the answers to the most challenging social problems. That’s why we’re dedicated to co-creating knowledge in each and every community in need. Together we identify the problems, and together we create the solutions.

Our Impact


In 2013, our network received over 60,000 uses with nearly 70% of people seeking information being young people, with an even split between male and female.

We’ve made a big impact. With your support we can make an even bigger one.


Check out our Impact Report 2013


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This is where we are now…

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And this is where we want to be…



We have a vision that sees a Hitnet Community Hub in every community around Australia reaching over 500,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.



And we’re also expanding into PNG…

Our Team

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Julie Gibson
Julie worked in the corporate IT sector for 15 years before she joined Hitnet, where she has commited to finding engaging ways to use technology to help bridge the ‘digital divide’ and eradicate information disadvantage. Julie’s focus is on Hitnet’s transition to a sustainable social enterprise. She has stewarded Hitnet’s transition from a 10-year university research program to an independent social enterprise. Under her leadership Hitnet became one of the first ‘B Corporations’ in Australia. Julie has a Masters in Business & Technology from UNSW (AGSM).

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Helen Travers
Helen has worked in Indigenous Population Health interventions for 15 years, managing projects across Aboriginal community-controlled, government and academic sectors to address priority health issues. Following post graduate studies in Primary Health Care in 2001, within the university research program Helen evaluated the initial Hitnet pilot project with positive results. As a director of Hitnet, the independent social enterprise, Helen’s focus is on providing the creative input to Hitnet’s community productions and interactive content development.

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Dr Ernest Hunter
Dr Ernest Hunter is an Australian medical graduate who trained in psychiatry (adult, child and cross cultural) and public health in the United States, returning to work in remote Indigenous Australia in the late 1980s. He has spent most of the last 25 years engaged in research and clinical care in northern Australia, for the last 18 years as Regional Psychiatrist covering remote communities in Cape York. He initiated the introduction of health touchscreen technology to improve Indigenous health literacy in Queensland in 2001. Dr Hunter provides much-valued consultancy and support to Hitnet Innovations.

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Evan Wyatt
Evan Wyatt brings 25 years experience as a remote area technical consultant and broadcast professional to his role as Network Manager supporting the Hitnet kiosk network. Evan’s extensive knowledge of broadcasting communications, electronics, computing and networking technologies has enabled him to offer imaginative and context-specific solutions for corporate and community-based organisations across Australia. For the past 15 years he has worked closely with Indigenous media organisations providing technical support and broadcast installation for radio, television and media services in remote areas of Australia and East Timor.

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Some of our work

We worked with the Napranum community of Western Cape York, Queensland, on a community-based media production. This was a five-day workshop featuring the Indigenous Hip Hop Project and the local PCYC, with the support of mental health workers. Co-creating knowledge took place around value systems and culture, to deliver the locally developed, ‘life promotion and suicide prevention’ music video, ‘Here we go’.

In six months, ‘Here we go’ has had over 15,000 YouTube views, and been seen 800 times across the national network of Hitnet Hubs. We hope you enjoy the music video, and the ‘behind the scenes’ documentary recording the impact of this community-based production.

Napranum ‘Here we go’ music video

The making of Napranum ‘Here we go’

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Who we work with

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Melbourne office
Julie Gibson: +61 400 501 186
Level 3, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Cairns office
Helen Travers: +61 409 590 252
Level 2, 42 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD 4870

           

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