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.
A Message from the CEO
Well it has been another sensational year for the NWS team. We have continued to deliver our outstanding schools program, the Young Achievers Club, in six Perth primary schools. This program has literally changed lives, with Aboriginal students improving their school attendance, behaviour, cultural pride and grades! And our Cultural Celebrations at each school have also meant that more Aboriginal parents are engaging with the school and more often.
Our community-based programs such as Beatball, One Step Closer, Young Aboriginal Girls Program, Regional School Holiday program and more have also been wonderful with program content continuing to evolve and grow. We don’t just provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs. Increasingly, we also provide cultural and personal development activities. And of course, we always do this in partnership with others. For more information, please check out our Annual Report.
We have loved working with you to build health and wellbeing – in all its forms – in our community in 2016 and look forward to another great year in 2017.
Have a truly wonderful holiday season and we hope you have a Merry Christmas and terrific New Year filled with fun, love and happiness. See you at the Regional School Holiday Program in January 2017!
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).
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.