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ABC program on the effects of severe injury wins Human Rights Radio Award

Commission Commission – General

9 December 2005

ABC program on the effects of severe injury wins Human Rights Radio Award

A special radio program that encouraged people to rethink their attitudes towards people with a disability has won the 2004 Human Rights Radio Award (sponsored by SBS Radio).

Locked in with Friends by Cath Dwyer from ABC Radio National's Street Stories program, is a documentary about a young man Chris Nolan, who lives in an aged care nursing home, and the family and friends who support him.

When Nolan was 28 years old he suffered a hypoxic brain injury which left him in a 'locked in' state - unable to speak, see or move much, but he could still hear and understand. The program dealt with the profound effects of his injury - on him and those around him.

Described by the judges "as an incredibly moving, challenging and brilliant piece of radio", it managed to deal with a sensitive issue in an engaging and uplifting way. They described it as a "fresh shot out of nowhere".

Highly commended by the judges were two programs. The first, Coming Home, by Liz Keen, broadcast on ABC Radio National's Street Stories program.

Coming Home - the story of the return home of two members of the 'stolen generations' who were taken far from their desert homes in Central Australia - is a powerful and confronting radio program which details their heartbreaking and lonely struggles to find acceptance.

The second highly commended entry was When Time Stood Still, by Sharon Davis, Geoff Parish and Phillip Ulman, broadcast on ABC Radio National's Radio Eye.

When Time Stood Still explores the universal issue of how people deal with the legacy of war. It tells the story of Geoff Parish's father John - one of many Australian men who returned from World War II traumatised by their experience - and his battle with illness and for recognition of his wartime injuries.

The prestigious Human Rights Medal was also presented at the ceremony, along with awards for Law (sponsored by the Law Council of Australia), Community, Arts Non-Fiction, Television and Print Media. For full details:

Media contact: Paul Oliver 02 9284 9880 or 0408 469 347

updated 9 December 2005.