Last week our two Aborignal and Torrest Strait Islander health services celebrated NAIDOC with community. Nidjalla Waangan Mia In Mandurah the NAIDOC celebrations were extra sweet as Nidjalla Waangan Mia also celebrated their 10th birthday! It is a huge milestone and many clients were on hand to share their story and talk about our journey. The weather did not play nice, but the amazing cup cakes helped keep everyone’s mind off that. Nidjalla staff celebrated with Lorna, our eldest client. Special thanks to Keith who shared his health story and to George for the Welcome to Country & Didgeridoo The team at Nidjalla looks forward to many more years of working to improving health outcomes for the Aboriginal community
Down South Aboriginal Health The Manjimup team had over 50 people attend the sausage sizzle and basketball game. We served up 100 sausages, 50 mini Kangaroo Kebabs and 60 pieces of damper. The bouncy castle was a huge success with the smaller children as well as some of the bigger ones!! Due to the big turn out on the day, the basketball game became games of “Knock Out” where the kids tried to score goals before the parents did to get them out. Huge fun was had by all that played!! We would like to thank our local supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) and the Shire of Manjimup for their donations towards this event. And thanks to the many volunteers who made the day such a success.
This year the Collie Down South Aboriginal Health Team organized our NAIDOC event at the Collie Water Park in the town centre and was attended by over 40 people. A barbecue sausage sizzle and cold refreshments were on offer to all attendees as well as gift bags for the attendees to take home. Thanks to Joe Northover foroconducting the Welcome to Country. Lucky prize raffles were on offer to all who attended and the lucky winners got a fruit and chocolate basket and an Aboriginal art T-Shirt. Thankyou to the Staff at the Collie Shire, Collie Family Centre, PCYC and the Wilson Park Parenting Team who came to meet and greet our community members and helped donate equipment for the day. On behalf of all the staff at Down South Aboriginal Health, we would like to thank everyone who came and joined in the fun.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.