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100 cameras, 24 hours… a landmark documentary event capturing the Australian health system in one snapshot… telling the story of who we are, what we value and how we live and die. Every day 800 Australians are born, 400 die and 15,000 others are admitted into hospital due to mental or physical illness, an accident, self-harm or an act of criminal violence. For many it will be the most challenging day of their lives. Keeping Australia Alive (KAA) captures the stories of these men, women and children as they go through the roller coaster of their medical crises, mishaps, false alarms, tragedies and new life - all in a single, ordinary day. From small community health clinics in outback Australia to the fast paced turnstile of emergencies at busy metropolitan hospitals; lives can literally change in a single day. In this ambitious, landmark documentary, film makers were embedded in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan hospitals and clinics. What do we learn about ourselves when we make a giant dissection of the health system as a whole? By looking closely at our health system we also put ourselves under the microscope. What is the quality of our lives? What are our priorities? How do we want to live and die?

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Executive Producers
Karen Dewey  Ben Ulm
Dir. of Photography
Ian Peterson
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ITV Studios Australia Pty Ltd
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