NWS Ambassador: Prof. Colleen Hayward AM

We are proud to announce that Professor Colleen Hayward AM will be an ambassador for Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports (NWS). In this role, she will seek to raise awareness of the organisation and its achievements. There is great synergy as throughout her professional life, Colleen has worked towards the NWS vision of "Nyoongar people achieving success at every level of every field".

Professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She comes from a teaching family with both her parents and two siblings having been teachers. Her father was the first Aboriginal teacher, and Principal, in WA. She is Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous across the University.

For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law & justice as well as significant experience in policy and management. In much of this work, she draws on her qualifications which include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.

Among her many achievements, she has been recognised for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia by being named a finalist in the national Deadlys Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health (2008) and by winning the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award. Colleen is also a recipient (2006) of the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award for advancing human rights and anti-racism in the community and is the 2009 inductee into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education. In 2011, she completed her term as a foundation member of the inaugural Board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. In 2012, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, was recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People.

In 2015, Colleen was a finalist in the Aboriginal Award category of the 2015 Western Australian of the Year Awards and the Australian of the Year (Western Australia) Awards. 2015 also saw Colleen awarded one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for her work in the areas of Equity and Social Justice. She was named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.

Colleen is a co-author of a book entitled “Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural awareness and classroom strategies for improving learning outcomes”, released by Allen & Unwin in 2015.

Another wonderful, successful NWS July Regional School Holiday Program!

A record number of 500 young people participated with over 93% Aboriginal representation. Huge numbers also attended sessions in Merredin (41) and Bunbury (71).Thanks everyone for coming along and making it such a wonderful, fun, healthy occasion.

Young people enjoyed Traditional Indigenous Games and other sports in 20 workshops across 16 towns in the South West and Wheatbelt.

For the first time, the program also included some BeatBox workshops by Benny B Jammin’. Young people loved the experience of getting into raps they had written themselves and matching them to the beat.

A big thank you goes to the program’s sponsorsDepartment of Prime Minister and Cabinet. We are also grateful to the many local partners who assisted with venues, healthy tucker and hands-on support. They include Avon Youth, Merredin College, Harvey Recreation & Cultural Centre, YMCA, PCYC, Southwest Aboriginal Medical Service, Community Home Care, KAATA Narrogin and the Shires of Beverley, Brookton, Busselton, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Moora, Narrogin, Pingelly, Quairading and Wagin.

We look forward to another great Regional School Holiday Program at the end of Term 3!

Corporate Services

Whilst NWS provide a wide range of services and activities to build much needed physical emotional and social health and wellbeing in the Aboriginal community, we also work closely with corporate and community organisations to ensure wellbeing prevails within the workplace as well. 
Modern organisations recognise that it is important to invest in staff development, including team cohesiveness, cultural awareness and health and wellbeing.
NWS can arrange to deliver Traditional Indigenous Games, Team Building, Cultural Awareness and wellbeing programs. These programs are delivered by a team of professional, trained Sports Development, Community Development and Health Promotion Officers.
Traditional Indigenous Games
There are over 140 Traditional Indigenous Games, which have been developed from various activity-based games that have been played by various Aboriginal tribes across Australia, for thousands of years.


NWS have been delivering Traditional Indigenous Games since 2007. We offer your staff, clients and professional network a truly unique physical, healthy team-building experience that is fun, challenging and memorable. In addition these games increase knowledge of Aboriginal culture and promote reconciliation, through fun-filled, active team-based activities.

Traditional Indigenous Games can be played both indoors or outdoors and suitable for all ages and fitness levels and group sizes.
Team Building

As well as Traditional Indigenous Games, NWS have a wide range of fun, engaging and interactive activities suited to various group sizes and ages. They are a fantastic alternative or addition to your next Christmas party, strategic planning day or other group event, giving staff the opportunity to have fun, be active and try something new whilst also building team cohesion.


Cultural Awareness
If your company or organisation has a cultural awareness program we can provide physical activities to break up in-class training. NWS can deliver a variety of Traditional Indigenous Games to enhance learning and build reconciliation through fun and physical activity.

Wellness Programs
NWS provides a variety of services to support your community wellness/wellbeing programs, in line with your objectives arund reducing health risks, improving quality of life and enhancing personal development and productivity.
We offer a flexible approach to program format, content and delivery and can deliver any of the following services:
  • Boxing for health
  • Traditional Indigenous Games
  • Nutrition classes
  • Other physical based programs


The NWS team can work with youeither at a one off event or weekly, bi-weekly, fortnightlyor monthly, if you are unsure please ask and we can advise.


What's in it for you

Benefits include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Less absenteeism
  • Positively engaged workforce
  • Retaining talent

By booking NWS to work with your company, organisation or at your event you are:

  • Providing social interaction, team building and comradery
  • Enhancing physical health and wellbeing
  • Increased cultural awareness
  • Promoting reconciliation
  • Supporting an outstanding Aboriginal charity

You'll receive:

  • Consultation with NWS to discuss your requirements and aims
  • Quality program delivery
  • Partnership with a well-respected Aboriginal organisation

All monies received by these services go towards supporting our community programs and help us build the overall health and wellbeing in the Nyoongar community through active recreation, sport and health lifestyles.


You can also view and download the NWS Corporate Services leaflet here, it  contains all of this information for to share with your company or organisation. 

For more information contact Business Development Manager, Carly Tracy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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 Emerging Leader Award from Parks and Leisure Australia (WA).

Congratulations Tilly!