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Welcome to the Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking Western Australian (PAMSWA) portal. This resource aims to provide the Indigenous women's maternal health workforce and related workers with access to quality information about smoking cessation and prevention to support better health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their babies.

Content includes key facts, publications, health promotion resources, practice resources and programs and projects. Workforce information includes courses and training, job opportunities, conferences, workshops and events.

This web resource also links to the Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA yarning place to encourage information sharing and collaboration among health professionals and others involved in maternal health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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This project involved collaboration between the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Curtin University, and the former Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit at King Edward Hospital with funding from Healthway.

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Seven sisters by Josie Boyle

Artist: Josie Boyle

Josie Boyle is an Aboriginal Elder, storyteller and painter who lives and works in Perth. She is Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Wongaii people. Josie receives her Dreaming stories from Mimbardda. Mimbardda is a Wonggutha woman and story teller.

The Story:

Yindidi is what we call the Milky Way in my mother's Aboriginal culture", says Wongi story teller, Josie Boyle."This Seven Sisters story was her religion".

A long time ago the Minyma Birnee (the Seven Sisters) lived in the Yindidi and they came to Earth, bringing with them cosmic eggs and seeds for planting to create the Earth. They were the first botanists. They sang and danced the map of their journey, seeding life right through the country around places known today as Menzies, Coolgardie, Leonora, Mt Margaret and Kookynie. Every morning the Seven Sisters rose in the darkness to dance and sing the sun up and to celebrate its power. From the sun they got their direction, where to plant the seeds, how to harvest and how to live so that life could be sustained eternally. The Seven Sisters lived in this beautiful country in the amphitheatres of caves, around dancing grounds and rock-holes filled with sweet, fresh water. In one place they pounded seeds to make 'namili' (the first bread) and in another they did healing with medicine plants and stones.

After preparing the Earth for 'midgarn' (birth), they returned to their starting place to find that the rock-holes had dried up. So they sent the youngest sister off to get some water in the direction of where the two men had come from, they had been following the Seven Sisters from a distance. One of the men touched and claimed the younger sister and together they bore the first children of the Wongi people. The six sisters returned to the Yindidi, leaving their mortal sister to catch up with them later.


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Last updated: 28 September 2016
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