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Deadly sista girlz



The Deadly sista girlz program was developed as the Dare to dream girls group in June 2007, and is an initiative of the David Wirrpanda Foundation operating in Western Australia. It evolved out of an identified need to provide activities specifically for Aboriginal girls to enhance their life opportunities.

The program aims to empower Aboriginal girls aged 8 to 17 years by offering a safe, stable and trusting environment in which they can discuss current and personal issues and receive guidance from positive Aboriginal female role models. Each girl has the opportunity to be personally mentored throughout the program, which addresses issues of self-esteem, healthy relationships, sexual and women's health, alcohol and other drug use, healthy lifestyles, and future directions and opportunities.

The deadly sista girlz address the issues of:

The program has been successfully replicated in other parts of Australia.

Abstract adapted from David Wirrpanda Foundation


Josie Janz
Deadly sista girlz
Ph: (08) 9242 6708

David Wirrpanda Foundation
Central Institute of Technology, Leederville Campus
Cnr Richmond and Oxford Street
Leederville WA 6008
PO Box 508
Subiaco WA 6904
Ph: (08) 9242 6700
Fax: (08) 9242 6701


Last updated: 26 March 2015
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