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Jacinta Isaacs

Ms Jacinta Isaacs

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network

Jacinta has had a varied career spanning the media, communications and international development industries in Australia, South East Asia, South America and the Pacific. 

While still at university, she travelled to Cambodia to produce a short documentary examining the effects on young Cambodian garment workers of the phase out of an international trade quota that had protected the Cambodian garment industry for 30 years. 

The following year she lived with Shiwa Yaku, a Kichwan community in Amazonian Ecuador, to co-produce a short documentary examining the fight for control over their ancestral lands, in the face of influential mining interests. 

Upon returning to Australia, Jacinta supported Oxfam Australia with their flagship youth program, the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) program, made up of 300 young men and women from around the world who were working for peaceful, equitable and sustainable social change at local, regional or international levels. 

In 2007, Jacinta worked as a Video Journalist with SBS Living Black, Australia's premier Indigenous current affairs program, giving voice to issues affecting Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

She later supported and then managed the Australian Development Gateway, at the time Australia’s largest ICT for development and knowledge management project, supporting international development practitioners working in Asia Pacific countries to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. 

In 2010, Jacinta embarked on a posting to Solomon Islands that would heavily influence the course of her career. It was a posting that led to more than 10 years in the Pacific, based between Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu. 

She co-led a UNESCO-funded digital storytelling and citizen journalism project in partnership with young women's leadership group Girls4Change in Honiara, Solomon Islands in an effort to foreground young women's voices in national debates. 

She also worked to strengthen the capacity of commercial, public and community-based media in Solomon Islands, providing social media training to Solomon Islands journalists. 

From 2012 to 2014, Jacinta supported Ministries of Health around the Pacific with their media and communications campaigns for health promotion - changing behaviour to improve health outcomes, with a focus on preventing HIV and improving sexual health. 

She edited the book Our voyage: stories of triumph in the response to HIV and other STIs in the Pacific, published by the Secretariat of Pacific Community in 2013. 

As an Adviser to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health's Health Promotion Department from 2014 to 2016, Jacinta supported the response to numerous emergencies and disease outbreaks including the 2014 measles outbreak, increasing demand for the Measles Rubella vaccine and achieving 106% national coverage, including many people outside the targeted age group. 

Jacinta now works with the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network to support collaborative and locally led approaches to communicating with disaster affected communities in Fiji and Vanuatu, in partnership with Ground Truth Solutions, CARE Australia and the National Disaster Management Organisations of both countries. 

Jacinta speaks English, Spanish and Solomon Islands pidgin. 

 

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