NWS receives professional development boost

Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports was one of 51 not-for-profit (NFP) community organisations awarded a scholarship by the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA). The Institute is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and for nearly 25 years has recognised and supported the work of the NFP sector through these scholarships.

“We sincerely thank AIM WA for their generous support and plan to use the scholarship to continue to advance staff leadership and management skills”, said Mark Griffin, Acting CEO. Photos of Jarred Franey, NWS Community Development Officer, accepting the award from Professor Gary Martin (AIM WA CEO) and making an acceptance speech at the ceremony on the 23rd March are courtesy of AIM WA.

My Life, My Lead

A new online public consultation portal - MY LIFE, MY LEAD - has been launched to canvass individuals and organisations about what helps and hinders Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said 'While governments have a critical role in setting policies and implementing programs, true and lasting gains are made when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the resources to work with government to set the agendas that impact on their wellbeing. We will use the feedback from the consultation portal to consider factors that impact on the social determinants of health like education, employment, justice, income and housing, as well as the important role cultural determinants play in supporting better health outcomes.'

Organisations and individuals can provide submissions via the portal until Sunday 30 April 2017.

There’ll also be a number of face-to-face forums across Australia.

Indigenous Teams in the Harmony 9s Carnival

NWS organised both men's and women's Indigenous teams to compete in the country of origin rugby league carnival held 24th-26th February. The event celebrated the rich cultural diversity of WA. While the men's team played valiantly, it was the women's team that went undefeated to win the women's competition. Their fierce pre-game war cry accompanied by great didj music may have had something to with it. Thank you to NRLWA for organising a great event and our staff Tilman, Katrina and Jarred for participating.

 

 

 

NWS Staff Celebrated

NWS are very proud of all our staff. They are passionate about increasing Nyoongar people’s health and wellbeing, resilience and connection to culture, through sport, other physical activity, mentoring and support.

Tilman Lowe, one of our Senior Sports Development Officers, was recently recognised with the 2016 Western Australian Emerging Leader Award from Parks and Leisure Australia (WA).

Congratulations Tilly!

P.S. Since first writing this article, Tilman has gone on to receive the 2016 Australian Emerging Leader Award in a ceremony in Adelaide!

This award recognises Tilly’s great skills, mentoring ability, passion for sharing his love of sport and commitment to helping people to realise their full potential. He applies these skills and attributes not only for the people and communities Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports (NWS) exists to support, but also with colleagues.