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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Pika Wiya Kuthupa project

 

Overview

The Pika Wiya Kuthupa project (Wongi 'not sick, different one') aims to investigate the needs of Aboriginal families caring for a child with a disability in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA).

The project established an Aboriginal community reference group, and during 2013 and 2014 conducted 'storytelling circles' community consultations. Aboriginal families caring for children with disabilities, schools, health and disability service representatives were invited to share their stories. Families identified the need for culturally appropriate information and support, and culturally safe models of service delivery.

In response to the needs identified, an office lease for a community outreach centre has been secured in Kalgoorlie. Called the Tjina Maala Centre (Wongi 'going on a journey') this initiative has employed two local Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers who run the centre. Families do not need a diagnosis or referral to access information and support. The project team is also currently developing Aboriginal disability resources, and continues to raise the awareness of Aboriginal views of disability in the disability sector. The project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016, with avenues for sustainable continuation into 2017 currently being explored. Funded by the Non-government centre support scheme, this project is headed by the Ability Centre in consultation with a number of other disability service providers in WA.

Ability Centre abstract

Contacts

Dr Jillian Pearsall-Jones
Project Leader
Pika Wiya Kuthupa project
Ability Centre
106 Bradford Street
Coolbinia WA 6050
PO Box 61
Mount Lawley WA 6929
Ph: (08) 9443 0249
Fax: (08) 9444 7299
Email: jillian.pearsall-jones@abilitycentre.com.au

Lenice Forman
Community Engagement Officer
Tjina Maala Centre (Ability Centre)
42 Wilson Street, Lotteries House
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Ph: (08) 9021 1333
Email: lenice.foman@abilitycentre.com.au

Related publications

Tjina Maala Centre (2015)

Message book for disability services: a resource for service providers working with Aboriginal people with disabilities.

Retrieved 2015 from http://issuu.com/lsd.advertising/docs/messagebookfords_issue_3.12.15

The Message book for disability services: a resource for service providers working with Aboriginal people with disabilities provides information on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who care for children with disabilities.

The resource was developed as part of the Pika Wiya Kuthupa project (Wongi 'not sick, different one') which aims to investigate the needs of Aboriginal families caring for a child with a disability in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA).

The book provides information on:

The resource was produced by the Tjina Maala Centre (part of the Ability Centre).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tjina Maala Centre (2015)

Message book for families: stories and support for carers of people with a disability.

: Ability Centre

The Message book for families: stories and support for carers of people with a disability was produced to provide information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families/carers of people with a disability.

The resource was developed as part of the Pika Wiya Kuthupa project (Wongi 'not sick, different one') which aims to investigate the needs of Aboriginal families caring for a child with a disability in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA).

The book provides information on:

The resource was produced by the Tjina Maala Centre (part of the Ability Centre).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pika Wiya Kuthupa project team (2013)

Pika Wiya Kuthupa project newsletters.

Perth: The Centre for Cerebral Palsy

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Last updated: 29 January 2016
 
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