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Alive and kicking goals is a youth suicide prevention project currently based in the Kimberley, Western Australia. It aims to reduce the high suicide rate amongst Indigenous youth in and around Broome through the use of football and peer education. The project is initiated, managed and led by Indigenous people in the Kimberley.
The project involves a range of activities delivered by volunteer youth leaders to their peers. Volunteers educate young people about suicide prevention, model positive lifestyle choices, and inspire hope in young people about the future. Alive and kicking goals delivers its peer education program at community events, schools and in community settings. Training, education and support are offered to young men and women who volunteer to be peer educators for the project.
In 2010, the project secured Council of Australian Governments (COAG) funding to employ a team leader and three paid peer educators. The employment of a female peer educator has seen the project expand its scope to include young Indigenous women in and around Broome.
Alive and kicking goals was initiated by members of the Broome Saints Football Club with support from Broome Mens Outreach Service. For more information about the project's current partners, see links below.
Broome Saints Football Club
Ph: 0407 662 314
Kimberley Population Health Unit
WA Department of Health
Derby WA 6728
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 1630
Fax: (08) 9194 1633
Mens Outreach Broome
36 Frederick St
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9192 2767
The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.
The storybook covers a range of programs including:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract