The Rio Tinto WA Community Investment Fund and DADAA have been partners since 2002. The partnership began with Rio Tinto supporting Northern Exposure, a DADAA-led Indigenous arts program in the Pilbara working with disadvantage in remote communities.
In 2003, Rio Tinto, DADAA, Healthway and The University of Western Australia formed a long-term partnership to establish the Disseminate project. Disseminate is an action-based community arts and health evaluation, research and publishing project that evidences the broad range of work and best practice taking place in communities where mental health, disability and other social inclusion issues are pressing concerns.
Disseminate has supported core evaluation work, print and digital publishing initiatives, professional development in partnership brokering and engagement with community organisations, policy makers and academics in efforts to disseminate best practice models to the arts and health sector. It is consistent with Rio Tinto's goal of supporting a sustainable Western Australia and building capacity in communities.
In 2013, DADAA and Rio Tinto commenced a new project called FIVE. The project will use CACD practice to reduce stigma around mental health, and promote early intervention in mental health issues in Western Australia by promoting community dialogue and social inclusion. FIVE will pilot projects in Paraburdoo, Derby, Geraldton, Busselton and Esperance during 2013 and 2014.
The Rio Tinto–DADAA partnership won the 2009 AbaF State Marsh Partnering Award. The Disseminate project was also a finalist in the 2008 AbaF State awards.