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Fond farewell for Cissy

Date posted: 22 November 2013

After ten years of service to St John of God Health Care in Social Outreach and Advocacy, Cecilia (Cissy) Cox announced her plan to retire from her role as Project Officer Early Years.

Cissy is a Bunaba woman, born in Broome Western Australia (WA). Her commitment to Aboriginal health began in 1978 when she was instrumental in assisting her husband, Kevin, in establishing the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS). In 1996 she trained as an Aboriginal Health Worker and in 1997 was employed by Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service to coordinate the Women's health program and then as Population Health Officer.

In 2007 Cissy relocated to the Perth St John of God Health Care office, leaving her beloved Broome for Kings Park Road.

After a review of the Strong women, strong babies, strong culture service in 2008, she accepted the position of Group Coordinator for the now re-named Strong family, strong culture program (SFSC). In this role Cissy provided supervision and mentoring to women who operated the program in regional locations throughout the North West of WA.

Since the closure of the SFSC program, Cissy has made a valuable contribution to the development of new initiatives in the field of perinatal and infant mental health. Her dedication and commitment to the early years programs has been invaluable in building a base upon which future programs will be built.

In addition to her full time role, Cissy has further demonstrated her passion for Aboriginal health by being actively involved with other organisations and advisory groups including:

After finishing work in November, Cissy intends taking some well-deserved time out to enjoy with her husband, children and grandchildren. At least some of this time will be spent in Broome where Kevin is working for an Aboriginal Medical Service.

Source: St John of God


Last updated: 20 November 2013
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