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Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia hosting a Close the Gap family festival

15 March 2018

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) will be bringing a Close the Gap family festival to Perth.

Travel grants available for the Australasian Diabetes Congress

5 March 2018

This year, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) will provide five travel grants of $1,000 to five ADEA members to attend the Australasian Diabetes Congress (ADC) (formerly ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting) in Adelaide, South Australia.

Undalup Association Healing event for Stolen Generation

27 February 2018

Some WA Aboriginal people are only just finding out who their family members are after being taken away as children to live on missions.

NATSIHWA launches the Scope of Practice for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners

26 February 2018

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) has launched a supportive publication, the National Framework for Determining Scope of Practice for the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner workforce.

Turnover of Pilbara health staff focus of group

22 February 2018

Attracting and retaining health professionals is a chronic problem in the Pilbara but it is hoped that could change through a set of new strategies focused on boosting capacity in the region rsquo;s health workforce.

Campaign update from Make Smoking History

20 February 2018

The Make Smoking History (MSH) Campaign is planning to air a series of interviews based on the From Every Quitter campaign.

Kalgoorlie-based Aboriginal arts initiatives earn WA State grant

15 February 2018

A number of Goldfields arts projects will be staged in Western Australia (WA), and internationally, after receiving State Government funding.

Dream it Forward (DIF) Program funding grant is open

15 February 2018

The Dream it Forward (DIF) Program grants are now open.

'My dad never fully recovered:' Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt's emotional speech on Stolen Generation

14 February 2018

On the 10th anniversary of Kevin Rudd's Stolen Generation Apology, Aboriginal Affairs Minister and the nation's first Indigenous treasurer Ben Wyatt said the impacts of government policy would be 'felt for generations'.

$20 million boost for Aboriginal in-home-care

14 February 2018

An organisation supporting the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Kwinana and Rockingham in Western Australia has welcomed a $20 million tender aiming to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

Research from the Banksia Hill FASD Project finds unprecedented levels of impairment

14 February 2018

Nine in 10 young people in detention have at least one form of severe neurodevelopmental delay, while at least a third have Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), according to an Australian-first study conducted by Telethon Kids Institute.

Funding announced for the first round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program

13 February 2018

The West Australian Government has announced the first round of recipients for its $20 million five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

Almost 90 local communities to mark 10th anniversary of the Apology

12 February 2018

From Kununurra to Mildura, Casuarina to Logan, the Mornington Peninsula to Cherbourg and Muswellbrook to Adelaide, communities around the country will come together this month to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February.

Concern about petrol sniffing in remote WA community

12 February 2018

Concerns have been raised about a recent increase in petrol sniffing in a remote desert community in the north of Western Australia (WA).

New maternal and child health clinic opened in WA's South West

9 February 2018

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS), based in Bunbury, Western Australia (WA) has unveiled its new maternal and child health clinic, Kwilenap.

Poor lifestyle choices increase Western Australian healthcare costs by $900 Million

7 February 2018

West Australian (WA) people making poor lifestyle choices are driving up healthcare costs, with chronic diseases that could be avoided adding almost $900 million a year.

Call for facilitators - for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander program delivery

5 February 2018

The Benchmarque Group has been engaged by the Federal Department of Health to develop and deliver a training program that will be suitable for Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHWs/AHPs) and clinicians promoting and/or providing cervical screening services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women.

Injury Impacts All Survey

5 February 2018

The Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health at Curtin University in collaboration with the Injury Matters' Program, Know Injury are inviting people to participate in the Injury Impacts All Survey.

Indigenous kids get to experience thrill of sport at HBF Arena

2 February 2018

Children from a remote Indigenous community near Derby visited HBF Arena in Joondalup last week to test out the new basketball facilities.

Quinns Rocks: free community walk to educate about Noongar season Bunuru

2 February 2018

Perth Natural Resource Management will host a free community walk in Quinns Rocks this month to teach people about the Noongar season Bunuru.

AHCWA team helps with a meningococcal vaccination campaign to protect the people living in Central WA Desert Communities

31 January 2018

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) have recently visited central communities to assist with a vaccination campaign planned to protect people from the recent outbreak of meningococcal type W.

Health worker honoured

30 January 2018

A Goldfields Aboriginal health worker and medical researcher has received high recognition for her outstanding achievement and service.

Hockey-like sport dumbung played by Aboriginal Australians lays the field for Kookaburras-Dutch clash

30 January 2018

As the Australian and Dutch men's hockey teams clashed over the weekend in the West Australian (WA) town of Narrogin, locals pointed with pride to their own ancient Indigenous ball-and-stick game that closely resembles the modern Olympic sport.

Concerns about mosquitoes in Broome after recent rainfall

25 January 2018

Heavy rainfall linked to two recent cyclones in and around Broome, Western Australia (WA), has led to the launch of an eradication program by the Shire of Broome.

Melioidosis risk rises in the wake of stormy weather in WA

23 January 2018

Western Australians are being warned to take precautions against a potentially deadly disease that may have been stirred up by recent cyclones.

Mandurah cultural healing day to bring Aboriginal and Maori people together

22 January 2018

A cultural healing day in Mandurah, Western Australia, is demonstrating the ways that cultures can team up and pursue wellness together.

Pilbara community piloting solar power and clean water programs

18 January 2018

An Aboriginal community near Roebourne, Western Australia (WA), has been funded as a pilot site for advanced off-grid technology that could supply solar power and clean water to remote communities across WA.

EON targets Indigenous disadvantage

17 January 2018

Growing demand from remote Aboriginal communities for the services provided by the Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation have prompted the Caroline de Mori, the chairperson to expand the business outside of Western Australia (WA) for the first time.

Vaccination campaign stepped up after fresh meningococcal W outbreak in Western Australia

16 January 2018

Doctors are investigating the cause of a fresh outbreak of the life threatening W-strain of meningococcal disease among Aboriginal children, prompting a fresh vaccination campaign in outback Western Australia (WA).

Community invited to comment on the impacts of methamphetamine use in WA

16 January 2018

The West Australian (WA) Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) Taskforce is undertaking public consultation, and seeking comment from anyone who might be affected by methamphetamine in WA.

Skin infections send eight out of every 100 Indigenous babies in WA to hospital

10 January 2018

Hospital data from babies born in Western Australia (WA) between 1996 - 2012 shows that Aboriginal children had a much higher risk than non-Indigenous children of developing skin infections such as scabies and impetigo (school sores).

ReSet Consortium led by Wungening Aboriginal Corporation win justice tender to deliver reintegration services

21 December 2017

A leading metropolitan Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation has led a Consortium comprising Centrecare Incorporated, Wirrpanda Foundation and St Bartholomew's House to secure a large portion of the Department of Justice's Adult Justice Services, including: Metropolitan Reintegration - Re-entry and Accommodation (men and women) Metropolitan Reintegration - Parenting and Family Support Services (men and women).

NAIDOC 2018 Poster Competition and National NAIDOC Awards now open

21 December 2017

The National NAIDOC Committee have announced the opening of the NAIDOC Poster Competition and National NAIDOC Awards for 2018.

Pilbara Aboriginal people take control of their diabetes

20 December 2017

Understanding how to live well with type 2 diabetes can be daunting, but 44 Aboriginal people around the Pilbara in Western Australia (WA) have taken the opportunity to put themselves in control of their health by attending a workshop adapted in consultation with communities across WA, including Roebourne.

Funding for essential services in Tjuntjuntjara community announced

14 December 2017

One of Australia's most remote Aboriginal communities, Tjuntjuntjara, located in Western Australia's (WA) Great Victoria Desert is to receive $23.8 million to go towards major capital works and essential services.

Passing on wisdom: Jason's diabetes story

12 December 2017

In this video, titled Passing on wisdom: Jason rsquo;s diabetes story, the father of two tells how he was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 years of age.

Applications are now open for the Dream it Forward Small Grants Program

7 December 2017

ConnectGroups Support Groups Association Western Australia (WA) Inc, in partnership with the Mental Health Commission WA, is pleased to announce the next round of Dream it Forward Small Grants Program funding is now open for applications.

Better health care for people with chronic diseases

6 December 2017

Up to 65,000 Australians will soon be receiving improved care for their ongoing chronic conditions, with the expansion of the Turnbull Government rsquo;s trial of Health Care Homes.

Register your interest in 2018 Health Workforce Scholarships for training and events

6 December 2017

Applications are now open for the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.

Warwick man recognised with prestigious award

4 December 2017

Warwick man Desmond Roche has been recognised for his tireless work generating jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Psychologist Tracy Westerman 2018 West Australian of the Year

23 November 2017

Aboriginal psychologist, Tracy Westerman has been named Western Australia's 2018 Australian of the Year.

Singing duo hope to promote health and wellbeing among Indigenous women

21 November 2017

A Perth, Western Australian singing duo will launch a social event to promote health and wellbeing among Indigenous women and children this month.

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is currently developing a nation-first WA Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy

20 November 2017

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is currently developing a nation-first WA Aboriginal youth health strategy which will inform and guide health-related services and stakeholders to deliver effective services and programs that optimise the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal youth in WA.

Review of WA's waste strategy now open

16 November 2017

The West Australian (WA) Government has commissioned a review of the state's waste strategy, which sets the long-term strategic direction and identifies priorities for waste in WA.

Indigenous dialysis patients help sew 1,000 skirts for outback women in the Kimberley

14 November 2017

A group of Indigenous dialysis patients who have been sewing skirts for remote community women during their treatments have completed their 1,000th garment.

NAIDOC 2018 theme announced

9 November 2017

The National NAIDOC Committee have announced the theme for 2018.

No Junk November

9 November 2017

Western Australians are encouraged to say no to unhealthy food options by participating in the Heart Foundation rsquo;s No Junk November.

Free meningococcal vaccine for remote border areas

8 November 2017

Remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA), bordering the Northern Territory (NT) will be provided with free meningococcal vaccinations.

Join in on a free FASD webinar with guest presenter Raewyn Mutch

8 November 2017

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) is hosting a Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) webinar on Wednesday 29 November with guest presenter Dr Raewyn Mutch from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Grant Nelson has a message from the heart

6 November 2017

Eight years ago, a Noongar man named Grant Nelson was showing signs of early or pre-diabetes.

Eye care in the wild west

2 November 2017

In an attempt to deliver best practice eye care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote areas in Western Australia (WA), Lions Outback Vision is utilising innovative technology.

Academy aims to inspire and create opportunities for girls

31 October 2017

A new initiative to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls has been launched at Esperance Senior High School (SHS) in Western Australia (WA).

Girls Academy launched at Challis Primary School

24 October 2017

A new Girls Academy was launched at Challis Primary School in Western Australia (WA) on Monday, and is the first to operate out of a primary school.

Grant to train WA Ngadju Rangers in land management

23 October 2017

A $696,000 grant will be used by the Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation to establish an 'on country' ranger skills training and employment-ready program in southern Western Australia (WA).

CRANAplus Annual Conference opens in Broome, Western Australia

20 October 2017

Despite the heat and humidity in beautiful Broome, Western Australia remote health professionals from across the country joined in the annual CRANAplus 2017 Conference welcome ceremony last night.

WA researcher Anne Poelina presented with international women's award

19 October 2017

A Broome researcher and environmental advocate for the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA) has been presented with an international award that recognises women in rural life.

Proud Budina people win Native Title claim

19 October 2017

The Budina people in Western Australia rsquo;s (WA) Pilbara have been granted Native Title on just over 4000 square kilometres of land in the Carnarvon, Upper Gascoyne and Ashburton areas.

Aboriginal community starts Kakadu plum plantation in Kimberley's Fitzroy Valley

16 October 2017

An Aboriginal community near Fitzroy Crossing has started up its own trial plantation of the native bush fruit known as gubinge, or Kakadu plum.

Invite to participate in the Healing Sector Pilot Survey

13 October 2017

Since the establishment of the Healing Foundation, there has been a significant growth in awareness of the impacts of trauma on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the need for trauma-informed services to support healing.

Freo Street Doctor to help Mandurah’s homeless

11 October 2017

Homeless services in Mandurah have received a boost, with the Freo Street Doctor visiting twice a week.

World Mental Health Day celebration stall

10 October 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day 2017, this year celebrating 50 years.

Guthoo Youth Summit

6 October 2017

The Guthoo Youth Summit is a community led action research project aiming to bring about change to the lives of Aboriginal youth in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region.

More than a game

5 October 2017

Indigenous adults who play football are healthier, happier and better connected to the community, according to a new report on Indigenous participation in sport, by The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC).

Calling on storytellers for the next Pilbara edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

5 October 2017

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is recruiting storytellers from the Pilbara Region of Western Australia (WA) for the 9th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

Swan View youth worker named a finalist in WA Youth Awards

5 October 2017

Swan View youth worker, Mathew Bill, has been named a finalist in the Western Australian Youth Awards.

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team to create Anti Smoking Ads

5 October 2017

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Services Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team are set to create anti smoking advertisements.

Urgent work needed to save Pilbara languages

3 October 2017

The Western Australian (WA) State Government has been urged to step in to save Indigenous languages, which traditional owners say are disappearing from the State at an alarming rate.

Noongar food takes off as chefs embrace Geraldton wax, bottlebrush and honey ants

29 September 2017

Lemon myrtle and wattleseed are already well known to many West Australian (WA) diners mdash; but now local chefs are tapping Noongar culture to add their own hyper-local spin to the native food movement.

Prestigious land care award recognises the work of the Spinifex people

28 September 2017

The Spinifex Land Management (SLM) Rangers, based in the West Australian (WA) community of Tjuntjuntjara, recently won the WA Indigenous Landcare Award for their land care practices and responses to new environmental threats.

Desert Feet bringing the healing power of music to remote Indigenous communities

28 September 2017

A hot wind blows in from the desert.

Time is running out!

28 September 2017

The Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA) National Indigenous Allied Health Awards showcase the outstanding achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health and provides identifiable allied health role models to inspire all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider and pursue a career in allied health.

Vital support for vulnerable families

25 September 2017

A new $2 million program will provide individual case management support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-offenders and their families to help reduce recidivism and homelessness.

Little Athletics calls for more Indigenous kids

22 September 2017

Little Athletics in Western Australia (WA) is hoping to encourage more Indigenous children to join by hosting a special barbecue this Sunday 24 September 2017.

Funding boost to help new AOD programs in WA

22 September 2017

Three new alcohol and other drugs (AOD) programs will begin around the South West region of Western Australia (WA) next month, as part of additional funding received by Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation.

Want to kick start your career in health promotion?

21 September 2017

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA), Western Australia (WA) Branch in collaboration with Healthway is offering four scholarships during 2018.

Diabetic retinopathy testing to move from specialists to GPs after successful Perth trial

20 September 2017

New artificial intelligence-driven technology has been used to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy in just seconds at a GP clinic, without the need for an ophthalmologist.

Diabetes Australia Launches New Position Statement on Glucose Self-Monitoring

20 September 2017

Diabetes Australia launched a new position statement on 29 August to help make it easier for Australians living with diabetes to self-monitor their glucose levels and better self-manage their condition.

Lions Outback Vision Van brings state of the art technology to rural and remote WA

19 September 2017

Lions Outback Vision (LOV) is closing the eye health gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in both metropolitan and country Western Australia.

Support service as rehabilitation follow-up

18 September 2017

A new program in Western Australia's (WA) Kimberley region aims to provide rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who use substances, with a $1 million Commonwealth grant to support the initiative.

Football benefits Indigenous communities long after the siren

18 September 2017

A recent report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre - After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australian Rules Football (AFL) - has highlighted the physical health, mental well being and community connectedness benefits that flow from playing football.

Domestic violence put in the picture at Stop It at the Start workshops in Midland

18 September 2017

Stop It at the Start workshop materials to reduce the cycle of violence against women and their children are being used in new workshops in Midland, Western Australia (WA).

Free Perth Royal Show tickets for disadvantaged families

18 September 2017

Disadvantaged families will be able to visit the Perth Royal Show for free or at a reduced cost after the state government presented a $350,000 grant to the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia.

Western Australia pledges $131.7 Million to address crystal methamphetamine use

14 September 2017

The Western Australian (WA) State Government has implemented the first stage of its coordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan, to address Western Australia's meth crisis.

Rangers in the Kimberley working to mitigate climate change

13 September 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) are 'fighting fire with fire' to protect the environment, according to a recent lecture by one of the region's key leaders.

East Pilbara young people to create community anti-smoking ads

13 September 2017

Filmmakers will work with young people in four remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), to shed light on the personal stories of local smokers and warn about the perils of the deadly habit.

James Sutherland visits Red Centre and announces Clontarf extension

13 September 2017

On the back of an unprecedented National Play Cricket Week tour involving Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer (CEO), James Sutherland, the national body has today confirmed an extension of its partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, to help improve the well-being of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men around the country.

Get involved with the Sustainable Health Review

13 September 2017

A series of public forums for the Sustainable Health Review have been announced by the Minister for Health across metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia (WA) in September and October 2017.

Western Australia's first rehab prison to open as Wandoo returns to public hands

13 September 2017

The State Government of Western Australia (WA) has announced that Wandoo prison, currently operated by Serco, will return to public hands in 2018.

WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards now open

12 September 2017

Nominations are now open for the Western Australian (WA) Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Youth praised for efforts to reduce deaths

12 September 2017

Last month two young Kimberley people were singled out for their work in helping reduce the high suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in the north west region of Western Australia.

Yakanarra Song Book offers a glimpse into life of remote Indigenous community

12 September 2017

In remote parts of Australia just one in 10 Indigenous school students meet the minimum national standard for reading and writing, according to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).

Healthy eating helps turn an AFL dream into reality

11 September 2017

Twelve year old Aker Athoi demonstrates that a healthy lifestyle and determination to succeed can be the recipe for achieving a sporting dream.

Let's Prevent Pilot Program to tackle chronic conditions

11 September 2017

The West Australian McGowan Government has delivered on its promise in the recent 2017-18 State budget, to fund the Let's Prevent Pilot Program by committing $2.1 million over four years to support people at high risk of developing chronic conditions, including diabetes.

Mental Health Week grant recipients announced

11 September 2017

The recipients of the 2017 Western Australia (WA) Mental Health Week community grants have been announced.

Awards Recognition for Life and Work

4 September 2017

Kununurra Elder, Ruth Abdullah, has been named Elder of the Year at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2017.

South West Aboriginal Medical Service receives funding to establish a dental clinic

1 September 2017

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) is set to build a dental clinic at the centre which will help improve health outcomes for the Noongar community.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service officially launches the ‘Pink Box’

21 August 2017

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) officially launched the 'Pink Box', a free vending machine that allows a discrete way for women to obtain sanitary products.

Vehicle donation makes Telethon Kids more mobile

15 August 2017

Researchers from Telethon Kids Kimberley will now be able to travel far and wide after one of Australia rsquo;s biggest transport companies donated a four-wheel drive vehicle recently.

Expressions of interest: consultation on a new WA Men’s Health and Wellbeing Policy

15 August 2017

The Western Australia (WA) Department of Health is developing a new state policy on Men rsquo;s Health and Wellbeing, which will deliver on an election commitment made by the Government.

Devoted doctor up for regional award

15 August 2017

A South Hedland resident has been nominated for the 2017 Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Water conservation video up for award

14 August 2017

A hip-hop video made in Halls Creek, Western Australia (WA), to promote the importance of saving water was a finalist at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

Consultation open for the Western Australian alcohol and drug interagency strategy 2017-2021

14 August 2017

In consultation with key stakeholders, the West Australian (WA) Mental Health Commission (MHC) has developed a draft Western Australian alcohol and drug interagency strategy 2017-2021.

Ranger Forum celebrating vital role of Indigenous rangers

10 August 2017

Indigenous rangers travelled thousands of kilometres from locations across northern Australia for a significant ranger gathering in the Kimberley this month.

Optometry pathway for WA students

9 August 2017

Western Australian (WA) students will be able to start their optometry degree at Curtin University in Perth next year before transferring to Flinders University, Adelaide to complete their studies.

Artificial womb raises hope for premature babies

9 August 2017

An artificial womb has been successfully used to incubate healthy baby lambs for a period of one week, and researchers hope the technology will one day be able to do the same for extremely premature babies.

$667,392 for family violence prevention legal service in Kalgoorlie and Geraldton

9 August 2017

Last week, the Coalition Government announce that they will provide $667,392 to support the Aboriginal Family Law Service, Western Australia (WA), in its work to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.

Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Health Worker graduates from immunisation training program

8 August 2017

An Aboriginal Health Worker from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA) is the latest graduate of an innovative program that teaches how to administer vaccinations to children in a bid to bolster immunisation rates.

Sport bounces boredom and opens Indigenous eyes to education

2 August 2017

Before this year, school wasn't particularly exciting for Shari Comeagain, an Indigenous girl who has seen boredom get the best of many friends in her West Australian (WA) town of Mullewa.

PHAIWA and Croakey launch the Twitter Challenge

2 August 2017

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) and Croakey are challenging academics and researchers to join Twitter for a 30 day trial in an effort to get more key research messages disseminated throughout the sector.

Roebourne's crafty kitchen has the right recipe

1 August 2017

A home-grown program to help Roebourne residents in Western Australia explore their creative side has been boosted by a funding commitment from a local Aboriginal organisation.

Federal cash boost to smokes program

28 July 2017

A new report outlining the findings of a program offered in regional areas across Western Australia, including Port Hedland, has indicated a positive outcome towards closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

First interim state public health plan public consultation

28 July 2017

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health has released the First interim state public health plan for consultation across WA.

Councils join to forge reconciliation plan

28 July 2017

Harvey Shire Council, Western Australia, will take part in a workshop to develop a regional Reconciliation Action Plan and has nominated Shire President, Tania Jackson and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Parker as its representatives.

Telethon Kids infectious diseases researcher finalist in Premier's Science Awards

26 July 2017

Dr Asha Bowen is a finalist in the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year award for her research to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in Aboriginal Australian children, particularly skin infections ndash; a major cause of health problems in remote communities.

Remote WA Aboriginal communities opt for booze ban

26 July 2017

Alcohol will be banned in more than 20 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia's (WA) far north by the end of this year, with further booze restrictions being considered.

Elder’s youth centre plea for Kalgoorlie-Boulder

26 July 2017

As a peaceful protest took place Monday 24 July in Kalgoorlie following the death of one of the towns teenagers, Elder Trevor Donaldson called on Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion to fast-track the proposed Aboriginal Youth Centre.

Youth-led ideas for suicide prevention in Kimberley

26 July 2017

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has sat down with young Kimberley leaders in Broome, Western Australia, to discuss the outcomes of a recently-held forum on suicide prevention.

Family Centre to deliver additional health services for Indigenous families

26 July 2017

Children and families in Broome, Western Australia and the broader Kimberley region will have access to more integrated clinical, social and emotional wellbeing support, thanks to the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) Family Centre.

Calling Aboriginal Artists to speak from their souls in the pursuit of a dream

21 July 2017

Expressions are being sought from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander West Australian community members to share their culture through their art by putting forward their interpretation of wellbeing in their chosen artistic form, this can be as a painting, photo or sculpture.

AMRRIC seeking Advisory Group member from WA

20 July 2017

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) is seeking a West Australian (WA) member to join their new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

At-risk Aboriginal youths 'returning to country' in crime reduction strategy

19 July 2017

A new program has reconnected a group of at-risk Aboriginal youths to the remote outback of Western Australia, in the hope of keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.

Targeted recruitment for greater diversity

18 July 2017

Proactive recruitment of Aboriginal nurses and midwives has resulted in 24 graduate positions across Western Australia (WA) being offered in 2017, nearly double the number offered in 2016.

Karijini Experience continues to show Pilbara at its best

18 July 2017

The fifth annual Karijini Experience is being hailed a success by organisers, after attracting more than a thousand visitors to the Western Australian (WA) national park in April, 2017.

Indigenous youth suicide: Commissioner urges action amid worries 'children think no-one cares'

17 July 2017

The 2017 coronial inquest into Indigenous youth suicide is personal story for Australia's first female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar.

Mental Health Network transitions to the Mental Health Commission

17 July 2017

The Mental Health Network is co-sponsored by the Department of Health and the Mental Health Commission.

Victor smooths the path for patients

17 July 2017

For many people, hospitals are associated with illness, grief and hardship.

Storylines - the digital database uncovering Indigenous history

17 July 2017

Since its invention, photography has used so people can go back and remember.

Remote WA audits target power and water

17 July 2017

Power and water audits of essential services in ten remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) have begun.

NAIDOC Week rich with colour, ceremony

13 July 2017

International basketball star Patrick Mills, who has reportedly signed a new $65 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, was named Person of the Year at this year rsquo;s national NAIDOC Awards held in Cairns, Queensland (Qld).

New shower to help the homeless

11 July 2017

It is hoped the first hot and cold shower dedicated to homeless people in Bunbury, Western Australia, will help in the fight against the city rsquo;s homelessness numbers.

Culture, heritage honoured

11 July 2017

In Port Hedland, Western Australia, the NAIDOC calendar was full of exciting events last week, with many organisations around town coming together to join in the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and achievements.

Wait to lose weight gets longer for kids

11 July 2017

Overweight children are going on to waiting lists to join a government-funded program that helps them shed weight, get fit and eat more vegetables.

New program to improve social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people in region Western Australia

10 July 2017

New Aboriginal family wellbeing training will be prioritised across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions, in a West Australian (WA) first to address social and emotional health risks in Indigenous communities.

Headspace gets behind NAIDOC

10 July 2017

The Bunbury, West Australia, branch of national youth mental health foundation, headspace, is celebrating the city rsquo;s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture to ensure they feel welcome and comfortable in accessing their services.

NAIDOC Week: Noongar choir breaking down barriers to Indigenous language and culture

10 July 2017

Ten years ago, Della Rae Morrison could not speak more than a few words of her grandmother's tongue.

FASD a major factor in Aboriginal suicide in WA says Telethon Kids Institute researcher

6 July 2017

James Fitzpatrick from the Telethon Kids Institute has given evidence at an inquest into the suicides of 13 young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, including five children aged between 10 and 13.

Responding to fetal alcohol impacts in children

5 July 2017

Children with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are more likely to face barriers at school, have attention problems and talk openly about suicidal thoughts, according to their teachers.

WA Cricket working to increase number of elite Aboriginal players

4 July 2017

Only one Aboriginal man, Jason Gillespie, has played Test cricket for Australia, but new measures are being put in place to make sure he's not the last.

Novelty barrel train helps keep remote school attendance rates on track in Pilbara

3 July 2017

In the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, a train snakes its way through the red dirt and spinifex, but the cargo is not what you would expect.

Region prepares for NAIDOC

3 July 2017

NAIDOC Week celebrations and observances start in the East Kimberley district of Western Australia, this weekend with several events across the region.

NAIDOC Awards: Dianne Ryder, Ollie George and Patty Mills among winners

3 July 2017

Two West Australians (WA) are among the winners of the 2017 NAIDOC awards.

Trauma echoes down generations of lost Aboriginal lives

3 July 2017

The history of Australia's Stolen Generations is hot on the agenda again.

Unique patrol car to build relationships

30 June 2017

An Aboriginal artist has joined forces with South West police and made his mark on the newest patrol car to kick off NAIDOC Week.

Tennis champ serves new learning goal

28 June 2017

Visiting the Indigenous youth of Hedland, Western Australia, last week was part of 'a second dream' for legendary women rsquo;s tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Camp activities designed to develop leadership ability

28 June 2017

Young Indigenous women from across the Pilbara, Western Australia, converged on Port Hedland for the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

Hope for change in suicide inquest

28 June 2017

An inquest into the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal communities in Western Australia rsquo;s Kimberley is taking place but a Goldfields traditional owner says the issue is not specific to the State rsquo;s north.

Salmonella cases soar

28 June 2017

The Goldfields-Esperance region, of Western Australia (WA) has been among the hardest hit from a surge in salmonella infections across WA that health authorities are attributing to egg product preparation.

Western Australian Sustainable Health Review

27 June 2017

This week the State Government launched the Sustainable Health Review (the Review).

Funding boost for Pilbara Headspace service

27 June 2017

The Federal Government has committed $2.3 million to establishing a Headspace in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

School village visit teaches history, culture

27 June 2017

An excursion to Roelands Village, nestled in the picturesque Roelands hills of South West region of Western Australia, provided River Valley Primary School students with a better understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture.

Football legend to lead WA's taskforce on ice

27 June 2017

Football great, Ron Alexander, is leading Western Australia's (WA) high-powered taskforce to tackle the use of ice across the state.

Ability Centre seeks response to celebral palsy questionnaire

26 June 2017

The Ability Centre of Western Australia is looking for people living with cerebral palsy or similar disability, or family members or carers of an adult or teenager with celebral palsy to take part in the Future Thinking Project.

Inquest into high rate of suicide in Indigenous communities in WA's north

26 June 2017

A major inquest into the high rate of suicide among Indigenous people in Western Australia's (WA) remote north is expected to start in Perth today.

Judy Glover scholarship inspires students to bridge gap in Indigenous eye health

26 June 2017

Three final year students of optometry have acquired a potentially life-changing insight into eye health in remote Australia, having participated in an eye health trip to remote Western Australia (WA).

Funding investment in Indigenous rangers for the Pilbara region

23 June 2017

The Government has announced that it will provide the Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation with almost $850,000 to establish an ongoing Indigenous ranger team to work on Mardudhunera Country in the western Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Aboriginal culture shines at Coodanup College's NAIDOC celebrations

23 June 2017

Aboriginal dancing, face painting, craft workshops and traditional Indigenous food took over Coodanup College on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Funding announcement for Spinifex Indigenous rangers

21 June 2017

The Coalition Government has announced that it will provide the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation with more than $580,000 to support the Spinifex Indigenous ranger group in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA).

More than 19,500 to benefit from free soap through Squeaky Clean Kids Program

19 June 2017

Free soap will be offered to communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields regions of Western Australia (WA) to help reduce the incidence of trachoma and other diseases in regional areas.

UWA awards first Aboriginal scholarship

19 June 2017

The University of Western Australia's sport department has awarded its first Aboriginal scholarship to swimmer Brianna Ozies.

Aboriginal affairs roundtable held in WA

19 June 2017

State and territory Aboriginal affairs leaders say it is inevitable the federal government will need to have treaty negotiations with Indigenous people.

Methamphetamine use problems a rising concern in Port Hedland

15 June 2017

According to the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia's Chairwoman, Michelle Nelson-Cox, issues surrounding meth use are starting to become as serious as those caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

Elder honoured for Aboriginal legal work

14 June 2017

Ruth Abdullah became part of the Stolen Generation aged just seven, since then her focus has been preventing further injustices by helping Aboriginal people know their legal rights.

Campaign targets smoking in Broome

14 June 2017

A number of Broome residents gathered for World No Tobacco Day organised in town by Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS).

Ball brings everyone together

14 June 2017

Last month on Saturday 27 May 2017, in Newman, Western Australia, 240 people gathered at the East Pilbara Arts Centre for the inaugural Reconciliation Ball.

Bennett Springs documentary star urges Stolen Generations to own their own history

7 June 2017

Bennett Springs resident Brianne Yarran has urged the Stolen Generations to own their history, after she made her Elders rsquo; voices heard through a documentary aired across Australia.

MercyCare offers Aboriginal Traineeship Program

7 June 2017

MercyCare rsquo;s Aboriginal Traineeship Program was developed to give Aboriginal people the opportunity to gain qualifications and on the job experience.

Dream it Forward funding round open for 2017

7 June 2017

The 2017 funding round of Connect Groups rsquo; Small Grants program, Dream It Forward, is now open.

Mother’s belief in Roebourne community

6 June 2017

Mother Camilia Samson, from Roebourne, Western Australia, knows about the problems her town faces.

WA State Government to fast-track medicinal cannabis prescriptions

31 May 2017

The Western Australian (WA) State Government will fast track the availability of medicinal cannabis for people in pain, the terminally ill and those suffering a chronic condition.

2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework report released

30 May 2017

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has launched the 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework report.

Stolen Generations records made more accessible to families

29 May 2017

Thousands of files documenting the lives of Aboriginal people removed from their families under former government policies have been consolidated by the State Government, making it easier for family members to conduct research.

New funding for research to address Aboriginal mental health in culturally appropriate ways

25 May 2017

National Drug Research Institute Researcher, Dr Michael Wright, has received over $3 million in funding to lead two new projects aimed at transforming Western Australian (WA) mental health, and drug and alcohol services.

Trauma continues for Stolen Generations in WA

25 May 2017

Stolen Generations need a new national policy approach to address the ongoing impacts of unresolved trauma, according to a report released by the Healing Foundation.

Indigenous Marathon Foundation 2017 squad announced!

24 May 2017

The 2017 Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) have announced their squad for 2017.

Pilbara program puts heart health on the radar

24 May 2017

The Roebourne community in northern Western Australia (WA) acknowledged national Heart Week last week with a fun and educational event designed to foster good heart health.

Cashless welfare card backfires with increase in crime, according to Aboriginal Health Council of WA

22 May 2017

The cashless welfare card championed by mining billionaire Andrew 'Twiggy Forrest' has done nothing to reduce methamphetamine (meth) use and instead backfired by leading to a crime surge, prostitution and rorting, Western Australia rsquo;s (WA) leading Aboriginal health group warns.

WA hotline tunes patients into their communities

22 May 2017

A radio request show hopes to help Indigenous hospital patients in Western Australia (WA) stay connected to their communities.

Art a positive link to NAIDOC week

22 May 2017

As an Aboriginal man, Bradley Kickett understands the sometimes fractured relationship his people have had with police.

Make Smoking History - From Every Quitter Campaign

22 May 2017

On Sunday 28 May 2017 Make Smoking History (MSH) will air From Every Quitter.

Agnes working to break down barriers

17 May 2017

Agnes Lockyer, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental health worker with the Wheatbelt Health Network (WHN), is breaking down barriers in mental illness.

New Western Australian Government winds up Aboriginal Affairs Department

16 May 2017

The Western Australian (WA) government has discontinued its Aboriginal Affairs Department, as part of a public sector change-up announced by new WA Labor Premier, Mark McGowan.

Budget 2017-18: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

10 May 2017

To assist you in finding Budget information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has made the task easier for you.

ECU studying effects of traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

5 May 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are more than twice as likely as non-Aboriginal Australians to suffer a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Dedication to Aboriginal health wins University of Notre Dame team award

4 May 2017

A team of academics committed to improving the health of Aboriginal people has been rewarded for its dedication.

West Australian of the Year finalists for 2017 announced

3 May 2017

The finalists for the 2017 Western Australian (WA) of the Year Awards have been announced, with three of the 27 finalists connected to the Greater Bunbury area.

Aboriginal health is in good hands at SWAMS

28 April 2017

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) staff members Joyce Dimer, Wade Garwood and Dr Arman Yazdani have been honoured by the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA).

Remote WA town uses hip hop to save water

27 April 2017

A small town in Western Australia's (WA) remote Kimberley region uses the most water per person in the state and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have made a hip hop music video to spread a water-wise message.

NATSIHWA connects with Members in Broome

20 April 2017

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, Julie Allen and Renae Kilmister from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) facilitated a professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker forum in Broome, Western Australia.

Research translation projects funding round now open

18 April 2017

The Department of Health has made funding available for an eleventh round of the Research Translation Projects and is now accepting applications.

Aboriginal community leaders sought for road safety project

18 April 2017

Expressions of interest are being sought from leaders in Aboriginal communities across rural and remote Western Australia (WA) to participate in a project to identify road safety issues in their community.

Indigenous community celebrates record harvest from Kakadu plum plantation in WA's Kimberley

12 April 2017

An Indigenous community in Western Australia (WA) is celebrating a record harvest from the state's only commercial plantation of gubinge, picking nearly double last year's crop of the native bush fruit.

Put your foot down on diabetes

10 April 2017

The simple act of walking down stairs could help prevent diabetes, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet at the ACHWA Conference

5 April 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is running a Cafe' at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (ACHWA) Conference today and tomorrow in Perth, Western Australia.

Refuge opens up opportunities for women

5 April 2017

The Kalumburu, Western Australia, Strong Women rsquo;s Centre is not just a women rsquo;s refuge, it has become a hub for education, advocacy and increasingly in employment.

Suicide prevention services not meeting community needs in Goldfields, regional health manager admits

3 April 2017

The regional manager of a major health services provider has admitted suicide prevention services are not meeting the needs of some communities.

Staying free of disease

27 March 2017

Immunisation is associated with childhood but it is just as important for adults as more vaccinations become available.

Solar and storage microgrids to power two WA Indigenous communities

27 March 2017

Two remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia's Fitzroy Valley will soon be powered by solar and battery storage, as the first projects of a new Broome-based company that plans to roll out renewable microgrids across the Kimberley.

Closing the Gap Day: Indigenous health in spotlight at Peel Health Campus

21 March 2017

Indigenous health was in the spotlight at Peel Health Campus, Mandurah, Western Australia (WA) last Wednesday 15 March 2017.

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.

Indigenous rangers to help combat wild dogs in WA

8 March 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon.

Aboriginal executive appointment first for metropolitan hospital

7 March 2017

St John of God Midland Public Hospital has become the first hospital in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia (WA), to appoint a head of Aboriginal health onto its executive board.

Indigenous girls' Deadly Science program heads to WA thanks to surfing legend's grant

7 March 2017

A North Queensland program that inspires Indigenous girls to pursue careers in science is being extended to Western Australia thanks to a grant from an Australian surfing legend.

Study finds one in three in WA youth detention have FASD

3 March 2017

At least one in three young people in detention in Western Australia (WA) suffers from Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), according to findings from an Australian-first study.

Bring volunteer A-game

1 March 2017

Fair Game Australia has opened applications for volunteers to join the new Port Hedland, Western Australia, base and help remote communities in need.

Aboriginal Affairs Community of Practice Western Australia

1 March 2017

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs is overseeing the establishment of an Aboriginal Affairs Community of Practice Western Australia.

Help sought ahead of cancer fundraiser

1 March 2017

After an incredibly successful run last year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's Mother's Day Classic is set to return and the Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, is calling for volunteers and registrations.

Poche Seminar Series presents Dr. John Gilroy on Indigeneity and Disability research

27 February 2017

Dr Johh Gilroy, a Koori man from the Yuin Nation of the the South Coast of New South Wales, will be presenting a seminar on disability research in Aboriginal communities in the Rubuntja Building, at the Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory (NT), on Thursday 2 March 2017.

Symbolic swim for Rottnest Aboriginal pain

27 February 2017

A journey to Rottnest Island held special significance for Brianna Ozies and Shelley Cable, a duo from Perth, Western Australia (WA).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Promotion Scholarships now open

27 February 2017

Applications are now open for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships commencing April 2017.

Funding opportunity for child health researchers

27 February 2017

Applications are now open for round five of the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF), Western Australia (WA).

Improving Mental Health Screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pregnant Women and New Mums

24 February 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is taking part in a unique study in a bid to improve the mental health of expectant and new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums living in remote communities.

Culture and fun at Karijini

22 February 2017

The program for the fifth annual Karijini Experience features an impressive line-up of cultural, culinary and family events.

Counselling services to be used to combat domestic violence

22 February 2017

Community relations officers at South Hedland, Western Australia, Police Station will join forces with Mission Australia next month to offer counselling services to perpetrators of domestic violence, as figures show an increase in incidents of 270% within the past year.

Biting insect and mosquito-borne disease risk across Western Australia

21 February 2017

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health is warning residents and travellers to take precautions against biting insects following widespread rainfall and recent flooding events across WA.

$27 million for better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes

21 February 2017

New funding of $27m for child and maternal health programs and primary health care will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children healthy and ready to learn when they start school and ensure they are properly immunised.

State-wide Aboriginal Artwork Competition

20 February 2017

The Quitline Aboriginal Liaison Team (QALT), Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) and key WA Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) are implementing a 2017 World No Tobacco Day Artwork Competition.

Musician relishes noteworthy cause

17 February 2017

A musician has added another string to his bow after taking on a role with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services to promote men's health and wellbeing in the region.

Rural medical program marks 15 years of success

17 February 2017

A training program designed to encourage medical students to take up a career in rural practice is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Broome, Western Australia (WA) this year.

Aboriginal mothers in WA jails discuss domestic violence in lives, as study finds 'culture of fighting'

16 February 2017

Almost 90% of Aboriginal mothers in West Australian (WA) jails interviewed for a new report on the role of intergenerational violence in their lives, said they experienced violence in relationships with their partners and families, and 54 admitted using violence against others.

Lions Outback Vision works to close the gap

16 February 2017

Lions Outback Vision is working to close the eye health gap in regional and remote Western Australia (WA) through a unique service model that delivers eye health care for all major eye conditions, close to where people live.

Make Smoking History launch new WA campaign

15 February 2017

Make Smoking History (MSH) have this week launched a new West Australian-made campaign, From Every Quitter.

Stranded Aboriginal community as roads closed due to flooding

15 February 2017

Emergency accommodation is being erected in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, for about 80 residents from the remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara who have been stranded due to widespread flooding.

Indigenous LGBTQI suffering must be addressed, conference hears

15 February 2017

The National Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum in Perth, Western Australia (WA) has been told that more needs to be done to prevent suicide among Indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersexual (LGBTQI) people.

Calls for alcohol reduction in Broome to curb antisocial behaviour

15 February 2017

A senior policeman from the Kimberley District police, has said the status quo of record rates of alcohol-fuelled violence and self-harm cannot continue in Broome, Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous mental health forum in Perth

14 February 2017

A forum to develop strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be held in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

June Oscar AO appointed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

9 February 2017

The Australian Government has announced June Oscar AO as the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, replacing outgoing commissioner Mick Gooda, who has served in the role since 2010.

WA disability insurance scheme: State Government strikes deal with Commonwealth at last

1 February 2017

Western Australia (WA) and the Federal Government have finalised a bilateral agreement to operate a state-run version of the National disability insurance scheme (NDIS) in the state.

SWAMS mental health services secures State Govt funding

1 February 2017

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) received a much-needed boost for its mental health services last week, welcoming $78,046 in Regional grants scheme funding from the State Government.

GREaT work experience program now calling for applicants

1 February 2017

Application for Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program is now open.

2017 Rhonda Marriott Scholarship applications now open

1 February 2017

Applications are now open for the Rhonda Marriott Scholarship which provides support and recognition of the contribution of Aboriginal nurses and midwives and the crucial role that they play in Western Australian (WA) Health.

Funding for North-West alcohol and drug services in Western Australia

31 January 2017

The State Government of Western Australia (WA) has promised $18.9 million from its Royalties for Regions scheme, in order to continue providing alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services.

Aboriginal women's refuge doubles capacity

31 January 2017

The Wooree Miya Women's Refuge in Perth, Western Australia (WA) has doubled its capacity following a $6 million contribution from the WA State Government.

Specialist healthcare closer to home for Pilbara

30 January 2017

Medical specialist and obstetric services and a women's health program will be boosted in the Pilbara, Western Australia, thanks to a $13.63 million extension of the Pilbara Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.

Western Australia leads with State-wide meningococcal program

30 January 2017

A vaccination to protect against meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y will be offered to 15-19 year olds in an Australian-first, State-wide program to start in school Term Two.

Ms June Oscar AO, National Finalist Australia's Local Hero 2017

30 January 2017

Congratulations to Ms June Oscar, a senior Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia (WA), who upset businesses and even members of her own extended family when she began the tough work of securing alcohol restrictions in her community in 2007.

Fund lays foundation for Aboriginal prosperity

30 January 2017

Aboriginal families in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) are set to benefit from a $200 million fund established by the State Government to help break the cycle of generational welfare dependency.

WA Sexual Health Week 2017

24 January 2017

The West Australian (WA) Sexual Health Week was first launched in 2008 and the event has grown from strength to strength.

Heart Foundation 2017 Nurse Ambassador Program - WA Primary Health Alliance travel

23 January 2017

The Heart Foundation is offering the opportunity to be part of the Heart Foundation Nurse Ambassador training for 2017.

Indigenous suicide: Struggling communities get $10 million funding boost

23 January 2017

A community-based support service to prevent Indigenous suicides is getting a $10 million boost as the Government begins to roll it out across Australia.

Ken Wyatt to become Australia's first Indigenous minister

18 January 2017

West Australian Liberal MP, Ken Wyatt will be the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Commonwealth Ministry when he becomes the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health in a reshuffle announced on Wednesday.

$20 million WA investment into preventing Aboriginal child removal

16 January 2017

The Liberal National Government has announced a $20 million four-year pilot program to reduce the number of Aboriginal children removed by child protection authorities.

Improving oral health from pregnancy onwards

16 January 2017

The Reducing Oral Health Inequities Group at the University of Western Australia (UWA) has identified a range of issues regarding improving oral health in the Aboriginal community.

Push to help Aboriginal people access aged care services

11 January 2017

The peak body for older people's rights in Western Australia (WA), Advocare Incorporated, has renewed its commitment to improving outcomes for elderly Aboriginal Australians as it launches fresh resources to promote culturally specific aged care services.

Domestic violence counsellors call for more services for men

11 January 2017

Regional counsellors are calling for services that target perpetrators of domestic and family violence to achieve long-term change.

Indigenous cricket: Family-run academy aims for the big league in Northam, WA

9 January 2017

A cricket academy in a country Western Australian town, inspired by a legendary Aboriginal league is providing a hit on and off the field and is set to expand.

Premature babies home in time to meet their father for Christmas

22 December 2016

A heartwarming story to bring the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Western Australia (WA) State section news for 2016 to a close - highlighting the feats of modern specialist care and important role King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) plays for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from rural and remote areas of WA who need specialist care during their pregnancy.

Ten remote communities in WA selected for infrastructure upgrade

21 December 2016

Tens of millions of dollars will be spent on power and water upgrades at 10 remote West Australian (WA) Aboriginal communities under a funding overhaul set to be announced by the State Government.

$2m boost for Northam Aboriginal interpretive centre

15 December 2016

Northam, Western Australia (WA) received a $2 million boost to assist with the build and fitout of the town rsquo;s new Aboriginal and environment and interpretive centre.

Elders building bridges to better mental health

14 December 2016

Curtin University in Western Australia has received $382,429 in funding to trial an Aboriginal-led program to build the mental health of young people.

Skutta Tucker Indigenous health star rating helps improve Aboriginal diets

13 December 2016

A new food labelling system is helping Indigenous people in remote communities make healthier food choices.

Draft WA legislation for compulsory alcohol and drug addiction treatment made public

9 December 2016

Draft Western Australian legislation that would make it compulsory for some people with severe alcohol or drug addiction to undergo treatment was released today for public comment by the West Australian Mental Health Commission.

Gotta Keep it Strong

7 December 2016

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects worked with the Njaki Njaki community of Merredin in Western Australia (WA) to create a music video commissioned by the Merredin Aboriginal Project Inc.

Indigenous skin health video launched in WA

6 December 2016

Children from the Njaki Njaki Aboriginal community of Merredin in Western Australia (WA) have collaborated with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to produce a video about the importance of skin health.

New mental health facility in Broome

6 December 2016

A new $4.8 million community mental health facility is to be built in Broome, Western Australia (WA).

Aboriginal Sport and Culture Strategic Focus Group

1 December 2016

Expressions of interest were invited in early October 2016 for positions on the new Aboriginal Sport and Culture Strategic Focus Group, convened by Department of Sport and Recreation in Western Australia (WA).

Applications closing soon for Hot North Fellows

30 November 2016

Three Post-Doctoral Fellowships are being offered at Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration, also known as Hot North.

Organ donor recipient urges Indigenous people to consider donating

29 November 2016

Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) in Western Australia (WA) unveiled a special plaque ahead of Thank You Day last week, a day that aims to recognise all living and deceased organ and tissue donors.

Cancer Centre and Renal Centre opened in Geraldton

29 November 2016

A multi-million dollar cancer centre and renal centre was officially opened in Geraldon, Western Australia (WA), last week.

June Oscar recognised for role as pioneer

29 November 2016

Bunuba woman, June Oscar, has picked up a gong at the Western Australia (WA) Australian of the Year awards for her work to introduce alcohol restrictions and start a conversation about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Fitzroy Crossing.

Telethon Kids researcher named WA Youth Awards finalist

28 November 2016

Noongar woman, Tiana Culbong, has been named a finalist in the Western Australia (WA) Youth Awards for her community contribution.

Findings from WA inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide

28 November 2016

There was a time where Aboriginal suicide rates were lower than non-Aboriginal suicide rates.

Holistic fix for Aboriginal kids

28 November 2016

Western Australia (WA)'s most senior judge has thrown his weight behind the Police Commissioner's call for public policy to stop high crime rates and child neglect among a small number of families in WA.

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

28 November 2016

Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia's record rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home.

WA Indigenous ranger program proposed for 5m hectares

22 November 2016

Five million hectares of unmanaged pastoral leases in outback Western Australia (WA) would become national park land under a proposal being put before the Barnett government to expand the Indigenous Ranger Program and create more than 200 jobs.

Indigenous medical graduate wants to bring skills home to Derby

22 November 2016

In a record for the University of Western Australia, six Aboriginal medical students will graduate this year, including Vinka Barunga.

New approach to tackling Indigenous smoking amongst Aboriginal women

22 November 2016

Rural Health West have received funding for a new research project in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), that will take an innovative approach to tackling smoking amongst Aboriginal women.

Immunisation for better Indigenous health

22 November 2016

Health services are being encouraged to use innovative methods to ensure that communities receive vital vaccinations.

Midland hospital makes Aboriginal health care history

22 November 2016

St John of God Midland Public Hospital in Western Australia (WA) has made history this week by appointing Yamatji woman, Dr Christine Clinch, Director of Aboriginal Health.

Aboriginal artist wins statewide competition to raise awareness about cancer

21 November 2016

Aboriginal artist Peta Ugle has won a statewide competition as part of a new initiative to raise awareness about Aboriginal cancer rates.

Earbus is a winner at WA Regional Community Achievement Awards

17 November 2016

The Earbus Foundation of Western Australia (WA) was named community group of the year at last month's gala dinner in Perth for the WA Regional Community Achievement Awards.

Kimberley discusses reform

17 November 2016

Aboriginal advisers from the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), have met Premier Colin Barnett to discuss the progress of reforms to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in remote WA.

Progress report shows positive evidence for welfare card

17 November 2016

The first official progress report since the introduction of the Federal Government's cashless debit card trials has indicated the scheme is having a positive effect in many key areas.

Grog limits too lax in Kununurra

17 November 2016

A fresh push to tighten takeaway alcohol restrictions in Kununurra, Western Australia (WA), will be backed by influential Indigenous leader, Ian Trust, after he confirmed Wunan Foundation would write a submission to the Director of Liquor Licensing in support of the plan.

Nigel Scullion calls for action over gaoled Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people with cognitive impairments

17 November 2016

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, has called for action from the Northern Territory Government over the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.

New tobacco legislation introduced in Western Australia to reduce harms

16 November 2016

Health Minister, The Hon John Day has announced a suite of legislative changes set to reinforce Western Australia's tough stance on tobacco control.

No pool no school policy means improved health in remote communities

16 November 2016

A study conducted by the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (WA) has found swimming pools in remote Aboriginal communities are positive enables of community cohesion, improved health and well-being and higher school attendance.

High Indigenous cancer rates prompt new approach to close the gap

15 November 2016

Statistics showing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 30% more likely to die from cancer than other Australians and 65% more likely if they live in rural or remote areas have prompted a new approach by Cancer Council Western Australia (WA).

2017 ADEA Masterclasses, Symposia and Workshops

11 November 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) program organising committee invites all participants wishing to contribute to the scientific program to submit a symposium, masterclass or workshop proposal for the 2017 ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Aboriginal women show team spirit at softball carnival

10 November 2016

A team from Rockingham City and Districts Softball Association (RCDSA), Western Australia (WA), travelled to the Mirrabooka International Softball Stadium last weekend to take part in the second annual Social 7s Aboriginal Women's Softball Carnival.

Eyes on diabetes

9 November 2016

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) is marking World Diabetes Day and the Eyes on diabetes theme by encouraging people to put on a pair of round blue glasses and share their photos online using the hashtag #WDD and @DiabetesWA.

Australian Government opens first Health Care Homes grant round

7 November 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in ten Primary Health Network regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.

Kalgoorlie doctor seeing more complications after Aboriginal maternal health service closed

7 November 2016

A Kalgoorlie paediatrician says she is seeing more health complications for pregnant mothers and young children since the closure of a dedicated Aboriginal health service last year.

Indigenous rangers supported to care for country in the Goldfields

7 November 2016

Indigenous land across the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) will be better preserved, thanks to a $660,000 investment by the Coalition Government in a new Indigenous ranger group.

2017 WA Health Promotion Scholarships now open

7 November 2016

Applications are now open for the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Western Australia (WA) Branch Healthway 2017 Health Promotion Scholarships.

Increased meth use devastating remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia

2 November 2016

Western Australian (WA) Police patrolling one of the world's biggest and most remote police districts are growing increasingly concerned about illicit drugs flooding into remote Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA unveils giant ear

1 November 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) has unveiled a unique new health education tool, a giant inflatable ear, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

Lighthouse Project seeks to reduce heart disease

1 November 2016

A joint venture by eight hospitals around Australia is working to reduce the high rate of heart disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ground breaking project preventing child removals in WA

1 November 2016

One in nine Aboriginal children in Perth, Western Australia (WA) are in the care of the state, but an unfunded advocacy service is leading the way in keeping children with their families so far.

Aboriginal players will make up more than a quarter of the Fremantle Dockers’ list in 2017

31 October 2016

Inaugural Fremantle coach, Gerard Neesham, says the Dockers are poised to make a powerful statement about Aboriginal representation in the Australian Football League (AFL), with more than one-quarter of next year rsquo;s senior list Indigenous.

Kids cook up a storm at the EON Interschool Cooking Competition in the Pilbara

28 October 2016

The EON Interschool Cooking Competition was recently held in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), through a partnership between Pilbara Population Health, Foodbank WA, EON Foundation, Earbus Foundation and Youth Involvement Council (YIC).

New investment for health and medical research, including $10.6 million to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

27 October 2016

The Australian Government has announced a further $190 million in health and medical research, including a $10.6 million investment supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

Ryan Morich named finalist for WA Young Australia of the Year

27 October 2016

The founder of the Red Dust Heelers' Wheeling and Healing program, Ryan Morich has been named as a finalist for the Western Australian (WA) Young Australian of the Year award.

Traditional firestick farming techniques to be highlighted at climate talks in Morocco

27 October 2016

Traditional firestick farming techniques from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) are about to be put under the microscope at climate talks in Morocco, as practitioners determine how it might be possible to rein in an estimated two gigatonnes in wildfire greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Expressions of interest sought for Aboriginal Women's fitness scholarships

27 October 2016

National health promotion charity, Bluearth is looking to partner with a leading Western Australia (WA) Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to offer a minimum of two scholarships for Cert IV in Fitness to Aboriginal women.

Youth band together to make film

26 October 2016

Concern about children wandering the streets of Halls Creek, Western Australia (WA), has inspired a new film created by young people in the town.

Young people's views to help guide changes to child protection system

26 October 2016

Children and young people in Western Australia (WA) with experience of out-of-home care say having people they trust in their lives who listen and respond when they express concerns is crucial to their safety and wellbeing.

New renal services for Kimberley communities

26 October 2016

Patients in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will benefit from two new renal facilities planned for Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.

Empowering families key to Kimberley suicide prevention strategy

26 October 2016

A high-level taskforce led by three Federal Ministers has vowed to 'empower communities at the coalface' and engage them in a suicide prevention strategy across the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA).

Elder asks for drop-in centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

26 October 2016

Local Aboriginal Elder, Trevor Donaldson welcomed the news the Western Australia (WA) Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) is interested in supporting his proposal for an Aboriginal youth safe house and drop-in centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Madalah supporting future Indigenous workforce

25 October 2016

Yarlalu Nanmurr Thomas left his remote community in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA) to study at Scotch College in Perth, before going on to the University of Sydney, where he is studying for a double degree in medicine.

Students gain on-country research skills

25 October 2016

Students from Wiluna Remote Community High School in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) recently learnt how to track, monitor and tag wedge-tailed eagles as part of a three-day on-country learning experience.

SWAMS and AHCWA produces four new Aboriginal Health Worker graduates

24 October 2016

After 18 months of balancing work and study life, Western Australian (WA) based women, Natalie and Talicia Jetta, Tammy McGrath and Elizabeth Narkle completed their Certificate IV in Aboriginal Health Work, at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA).

Lions Outback Vision Van helping to close the eye health gap in Western Australia

21 October 2016

The Lions Outback Vision Van has run 75 clinics and treated almost 1500 patients since its launch six months ago - delivering on a mission to bring comprehensive eye care to some of the most isolated people in Western Australia (WA).

Country WA service provider survey - type 2 diabetes

19 October 2016

The Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) are conducting a survey of service providers across regional Western Australia (WA) regarding type 2 diabetes in people aged 0-39 years old.

Input required from community organisations for Banksia Hill FASD Project

19 October 2016

The Telethon Kids Institute is inviting anyone working in a community organisation in urban, rural and regional Western Australia (WA) to participate in a five minute internet based survey about the Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) Banksia Hill Project.

Gondwana Link helping renew age-old relationship between Indigenous people and the land

18 October 2016

The Gondwana Link project, an initiative that will effectively link the ecosystems of inland Western Australia (WA) with the wetter forests of the south west corner, is not only having a profound effect on the land, but also some local Aboriginal people.

Sports fixtures trial brings Ngaanyatjarra Lands communities together

18 October 2016

In the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, in the central desert region of Western Australia (WA), it has been 20 years since residents had regular sporting fixtures and the vast distances make travelling to matches difficult.

New project to make FASD history in the Pilbara

12 October 2016

A new project aimed at reducing Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Pilbara has been launched today in South Hedland.

Saving lives the focus for Mental Health Week events in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

12 October 2016

A number of events are being held around Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (WA), for Mental Health Week this week to help activate, educate and engage locals about mental health.

WA midwives to play key immunisation role

11 October 2016

Public sector midwives in Western Australia (WA) will be able to administer pertussis (whooping cough) and flu vaccines to pregnant women following changes to the WA Health Vaccine Administration code and the introduction of a new training course.

Reconciliation plan for Geraldton

10 October 2016

Last month, Aboriginal leaders from the Mid-West Gascoyne region met with senior Western Australia (WA) police in Geraldton to begin an ongoing series of talks to form a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the region.

Grassroots campaign turns around youth crime rate

10 October 2016

Laverton, a remote community in the northern Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA), has turned around rates of youth crime through a grassroots campaign holding agencies to account, and revamping a stalled youth program.

First Australian Indigenous-language video game

10 October 2016

The world's first Aboriginal Australian-language video game is being developed in a bid to preserve traditional language and culture.

Expression of interest for out of home care reform workshops

5 October 2016

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Western Australia, is undergoing a period of reform.

Strong Spirit Strong Mind campaign receives $890,000 in government funding

5 October 2016

The Western Australian government has pledged to provide $890,000 to further fund its Strong Spirit Strong Mind alcohol and drug awareness campaign.

Federal Government announces Indigenous suicide roundtable to be held in Kimberley

4 October 2016

The Federal Government is set to hold a high-level roundtable on Indigenous suicide in the West Australian Kimberley region as suicide rates continue to escalate.

A hope-led recovery?

3 October 2016

'Aboriginal suicide is different' is one of the key messages that came out of the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in May this year.

Recognition for Newman ambos

29 September 2016

Newman St John Ambulance sub-centre has been named this year's best ambulance sub-centre, winning the title over 120 centres across Western Australia (WA).

Kidney health study stuns experts

29 September 2016

Research from the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA), showing a potential correlation between kidney disease and water contamination has been acknowledged as among the most original medical academic studies in the world.

2017 Health promotion scholarships now open

29 September 2016

Calling people who want to kick start a career in health promotion.

Plan to tackle crisis for Aboriginal kids

28 September 2016

A crisis in which one in 10 Aboriginal children in Perth, Western Australia (WA) is placed in state care will be addressed by a series of reforms to be announced today.

Ear health care promises healthier Pilbara future

28 September 2016

A collaboration between the Western Australia (WA) Country Health Service, Telethon Speech and Hearing and Chevron is set to improve ear health and hearing across the Pilbara.

Science pathways for Indigenous communities

28 September 2016

The Science Pathways Project promotes science education in remote community schools through on-country projects linking Traditional Knowledge with Western science.  The project is part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Indigenous STEM program, which aims to increase participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Clontarf project culminates in friendly kart race

27 September 2016

A race of handmade karts yesterday marked the end of a six-week skill-building program for Goldfields Clontarf Academy boys.

Imprisonment of mentally impaired should be last resort says WA Chief Justice

27 September 2016

The Chief Justice for Western Australia (WA), Wayne Martin, believes jailing mentally impaired people accused of serious crimes should be an 'absolute last resort,' and supervised release better protects the community in the long term.

Community wellbeing best measured from the ground up: a Yawuru example

27 September 2016

New findings from the purpose-designed Yawuru Wellbeing Survey highlight the integral role connectedness plays in the wellbeing of the Yawuru people of Western Australia (WA).

Cases of gonorrhoea in Perth have more than doubled over past five years

27 September 2016

Reported cases of gonorrhoea in Perth, Western Australia (WA) have more than doubled over the past five years, prompting health authorities to call for safer sex practices.

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.

South Hedland petition to stop sale of grog

22 September 2016

Community members are petitioning the Western Australia (WA) State Government in a bid to force Liquorland South Hedland to close its doors as a way of curbing antisocial behaviour in the town.

Western Australia push to crack down on Hep C and HIV

21 September 2016

Hepatitis C notifications in Aboriginal people in Western Australia (WA) are 22 times higher than in the rest of the population, WA's Department of Health has warned.

Proposed WA law changes aim to cut number of Indigenous people jailed for unpaid fines

19 September 2016

The Western Australia (WA) government introduced legislation last week that aims to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people jailed for failing to pay fines.

Feral animal management in the Western Desert

19 September 2016

Nolia Napangarti-Ward, a senior Western Desert owner from Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia (WA), is an expert in feral animal management, particularly cats, and has become a sought after source of expertise and advice for scientists and governments.

Workshops for admission into Curtin's new Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course

19 September 2016

Curtin University, Western Australia (WA), will welcome the first set of students to its newly introduced Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course in Semester One, 2017.

Medina forum opens up organ donation discussion

19 September 2016

Almost 20 people gathered at the Medina Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Western Australia (WA) late last month to learn about the importance of organ donation.

Online work and study service for young people

19 September 2016

A world-first, digital work and study service has been launched by headspace, Australia's leading youth mental health foundation.

Rangeway students value social network for R U OK? Day

19 September 2016

In the lead up to National R U OK? Day, students at Rangeway Primary School in Western Australia (WA) have been learning about the importance of mental health, along with what support resources are available to them.

Speaker hopes for healing

15 September 2016

A talk in Bunbury, Western Australia (WA) recently identified the key themes of truth, justice and healing for the future of Stolen Generations.

Trial after hours clinic at Geraldton Aboriginal medical service

15 September 2016

Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service are trialling an after hours clinic to reduce pressure on the hospital system.

New Meth Helpline provides free 24/7 support

14 September 2016

The Western Australian (WA) Government has launched its Meth Helpline to expand the fight against methamphetamine use in Western Australia (WA).

MP calls for alternatives to detention in WA

14 September 2016

Western Australia (WA) Legislative Council member and former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Police Officer, Dave Grills, has renewed calls to offer localised alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders.

Health Networks, Diabetes Network and Diabetes WA share important messages on diabetes awareness

14 September 2016

Megan Burley A/Director, Health Networks was joined by Mark Shah, Co-lead Diabetes Network and Helen Mitchell, General Manager, Health Services from Diabetes Western Australia (WA) to share important messages on diabetes awareness on the Health Matters radio program.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

WA Health campaign urges Aboriginal people to 'never share needles'

14 September 2016

A new campaign by Western Australia (WA) Health, to be launched this week, is urging Aboriginal people to 'look after your blood' and 'never share needles', as hepatitis C in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations ramps up to a 10-year high.

New centre planned for Aboriginal domestic violence perpetrators in the Pilbara

14 September 2016

There are plans to build the first specialist counselling centre for Aboriginal perpetrators of domestic violence in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region.

Milestone for surveillance of rheumatic heart disease

14 September 2016

On 30 June 2016 a significant milestone was met with the submission to the Commonwealth Department of Health of the first report generated from the RHDAustralia data collection system (DCS).

Massive duplication of mental health services in Indigenous communities, WA committee hears

14 September 2016

Duplication of mental health services in a number of Aboriginal communities is rendering many of them ineffective, according to organisations giving evidence to a Legislative Assembly committee in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

WA Public Health Act: invitation to join a reference group/information sessions

14 September 2016

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health is hosting a series of initiatives to ensure that local government agencies and employees are up-to-date on the new Public Health Act 2016 for WA, and to provide feedback where necessary.

Register now for Breastscreen WA's Pink Ribbon Breakfast

13 September 2016

Registrations are now open for Breastscreen Western Australia (WA)'s Pink Ribbon Breakfast, to be held Monday 24 October at Fraser's Function Centre in King's Park, Perth.

WA Government seeks public comment on compulsory drug treatment

12 September 2016

Western Australian (WA) Mental Health Minister, the Hon Andrea Mitchell, has announced the release of the state Mental Health Commission's discussion papers and supplementary materials, outlining the WA Government's plan to allow for compulsory alcohol and other drug treatment in the state.

Invitation to participate in Food Pricing Policy Study

12 September 2016

Menzies School of Health Research are conducting the Food Pricing Policy Study to find out about the types of food pricing policies in remote community stores aimed at improving health and how the policies are proposed and implemented.

Exercise Kummundoo wraps up

12 September 2016

Exercise Kummundoo recently saw two dental officers and three dental assistants from the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) deployed to Western Australia (WA).

New $266,000 initiative to prevent FASD in Western Australia

9 September 2016

The State Government of Western Australia (WA) has announced a $266,000 campaign to prevent FASD in the state. The Strong Spirit Strong Future: Promoting Healthy Women and Pregnancies campaign promotes the message to Aboriginal women that while pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding, no alcohol is the safest option.

Boulder short-stay facility given funding boost

8 September 2016

Members of the Tjuntjuntjara remote Aboriginal community are among those who will benefit most from increased availability at the popular Boulder Short Stay facility after $1.3 million in Royalties for Regions funding was announced last week by the Western Australia (WA) Government.

Roadmap talks begin in remote WA communities

8 September 2016

The Liberal National Government has begun talking with remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley, Goldfields and East Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA) about the priorities for regional services reform.

Newly developed diabetes resources for Aboriginal women

8 September 2016

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) have developed resources for Aboriginal women who are pregnant, providing information on gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy.

Shoes for remote communities in the Pilbara

7 September 2016

Comet Bay Primary School in Secret Harbour, Western Australia (WA), have partnered with WA Police to collect shoes for six remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the East Pilbara.

Upgrades boost efficiency at Kalgoorlie Health Campus

7 September 2016

Redevelopment Project Manager, Alicia Michalanney, says benefits of the $59.6 million redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, Western Australia (WA) have been realised within a year of the official launch of the improvements.

Seeking outreach services success stories

7 September 2016

Outreach in the Outback service providers help those living in rural and remote communities of Western Australia (WA) access healthcare services closer to home.

Introducing Noongarpedia: Australia's first Indigenous Wikipedia

5 September 2016

The people who have occupied South West Western Australia (WA) for 30,000 years are determined to ensure the survival of their Noongar language.

$4 million to fund healthier futures for WA kids

5 September 2016

Fifteen outstanding West Australian child health research projects will benefit from $4 million in grants from the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF), including a cohort study of otitis media in young urban Aboriginal children.

Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages

5 September 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) has partnered with Heart Foundation through LiveLighter to raise awareness of the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption across Aboriginal WA communities.

Make Smoking History Last Dance Campaign

5 September 2016

On Sunday 18 September 2016 Make Smoking History will air the state-wide campaign ‘Last Dance’.

Goldfields want cashless trial if Geraldton doesn't

1 September 2016

Shire presidents in Laverton and Leonora, Western Australia (WA) have asked to be named as the third trial site for the cashless welfare card.

$150,000 grant for Aboriginal suicide prevention in the Wheatbelt region of WA

1 September 2016

Mental Health Minister, the Hon Andrea Mitchell, has announced a $150,000 grant for the Kaata-Koorliny Enterprise and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation (KAATA) to provide Aboriginal suicide prevention training in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).

Cooking up a healthy storm in Fitzroy Crossing

31 August 2016

A healthy eating plan in remote Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is putting a new spring in the step of community members who have struggled with conditions from diabetes to weight gain.

Jury still out on East Kimberley cashless welfare cards

31 August 2016

There are conflicting reports about the effectiveness of cashless welfare cards in the East Kimberley, with some reporting a decline in binge drinking and others claiming there has been dirty dealing and rorting going on.

Grants available for Disability Awareness Week

31 August 2016

Disability Awareness Week will run from 27 November to 3 December 2016, marking the annual International Day of People with Disability on the final day.

WA Mental Health Week has something for everyone

30 August 2016

Western Australia's (WA) peak body for community mental health, the WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), have launched the program for WA's 2016 Mental Health Week.

Objections raised to proposal to lift alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing

30 August 2016

Submissions to Western Australia's (WA) Liquor Licensing branch closed yesterday over the bid by business owners in Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek to lift takeaway alcohol restrictions.

Feedback sought for WA child ear health strategy

29 August 2016

Over the past 12 months a working group has developed a draft child ear health strategy for Western Australia (WA).

Shooting Stars reaches Mullewa

29 August 2016

Shooting Stars is set to launch their netball program in term four at Mullewa District High School, their sixth site in Western Australia (WA).

Chronic diseases in the Kimberley not found elsewhere in developed world

25 August 2016

Health professionals have gathered in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), to discuss ways of combating chronic diseases in the region that are not found anywhere else in the developed world.

Derbarl Yerrigan helps Aboriginal people reconnect with country

25 August 2016

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service in Perth, Western Australia (WA) has run a four-day camp allowing Stolen Generation members, who suffered abuse, the chance to connect with country in the regional area of Moora, WA.

Youth drop-in centre key to combating crime

24 August 2016

A safe house and drop-in centre for troubled Aboriginal youth should be a priority to combat ongoing youth crime in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (WA), traditional landowner Trevor Donaldson says.

Medina buildings given to Moorditj Koort Health

24 August 2016

The importance of an Aboriginal health centre in Kwinana, Western Australia (WA) has been highlighted in a special ceremony.

How June Oscar dried out Fitzroy Crossing

23 August 2016

June Oscar was invited to speak at the Disrupted Festival Ideas in Perth, Western Australia (WA), last month because for the past decade she has been advocating for sweeping social change in her home town of Fitzroy Crossing.

Funding secured for upgrades to Newman Day Centre

23 August 2016

East Pilbara Indpendence Support last month secured close to $300,000 of Royalties for Regions money for an extension and upgrades to its Newman Day Centre in Newman, Western Australia (WA).

New WA initiative to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal children

22 August 2016

Roy Hill Community Foundation has partnered with Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund a world-first, West Australian (WA) led health initiative, to identify rare diseases and syndromes for Aboriginal Children in the Pilbara.

RAAF fly in to check teeth

22 August 2016

Remote community residents living near Hedland, Western Australia, can get their teeth checked for free this month thanks to a visit by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) dentists.

Trainer fits bill

22 August 2016

A passion for fitness and a unique set of leadership skills is the driving force behind Mandurah, West Australia (WA), resident Gerald Ugle.

Opt-out clause in grog trial

22 August 2016

Non-drinkers in the Shire of Wyndham in the East Kimberley (SWEK) of Western Australia (WA) can now ban themselves from buying alcohol to stop people pressuring them to buy booze.

Research helps treatment of heart attacks and angina in Aboriginal people

18 August 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) into the management of Aboriginal heart patients has found that while treatment is improving, more work is needed to ensure that rural patients are getting treatments that match those that are recommended.

Suicide prevention trial for Kimberley region

18 August 2016

The Turnbull Government will establish a landmark suicide prevention trial site in Western Australia’s (WA) remote Kimberley region as part of the additional $192 million the government committed during the election and will be one of 12 suicide prevention trial sites across the country.

Gordon urges corporates to get behind youth clubs

18 August 2016

While many Indigenous youths have close associations with Western Australia's (WA) famed Police and Community Youth Centres, or PCYC's as they are known, WA's first Aboriginal magistrate Dr Sue Gordon is looking for closer ties to Indigenous organisations and has urged corporate and philanthropic support for the organisation.

Consultation call on compulsory drug treatment

15 August 2016

Western Australian (WA) Mental Health Minister, the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA, has announced the first step in the process of drafting legislation to introduce compulsory alcohol and drug treatment in WA.

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer helping to build healthy relationships at Fiona Stanley Hospital

10 August 2016

Ron Gidgup has coordinated Fiona Stanley Hospital's Aboriginal Health Liaison Office (AHLO) since 2015.

Police find silver lining in Kimberley domestic assaults statistics

9 August 2016

The latest crime figures for 2015-16 from Western Australia (WA) Police show that domestic assaults in the Kimberley have increased 17.9% since the 2014-15 reporting period.

Tick for City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder reconciliation plan

9 August 2016

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia (WA), has made its first step towards adopting a reconciliation action plan to improve relations with, and opportunities for, the Aboriginal community.

New Public Health Act for Western Australia (WA)

2 August 2016

Public health professionals have welcomed the new Western Australia (WA) public health act, which will replace the 1911 Act.

Mixed response to WA roadmap

1 August 2016

A number of groups, organisations and individuals in Western Australia (WA) have provided their thoughts on the State Government's roadmap for reform of Aboriginal communities, with Indigenous leaders in the Kimberley labelling it an important opportunity to work together to address social and economic disadvantage.

Bush tucker and bush medicine are gaining in popularity

28 July 2016

The Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, based in Geraldton, Western Australia (WA), recently hosted a workshop to help people better understand local native plants and how to use them in a variety of ways to feel and look better.

Application closing date for Neil Thomson scholarship extended to 30 July 2016

26 July 2016

The Lowitja Institute Co-funded Scholarship Program has been established to develop pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to postgraduate study programs.

Funding for suicide prevention training announced

26 July 2016

The Western Australia (WA) Government has awarded funding of $560,000 for suicide prevention training across the state, over half of which is aimed at supporting Aboriginal communities.

$1.5m aid for cashless card trial families

26 July 2016

The makeup of a $1.5 million support package rolled out by the Federal Government as part of its cashless welfare debit card trial has been revealed.  Five organisations in the East Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will receive funding through the scheme to provide support for people to reduce addiction to alcohol or drugs and improve their personal financial management.  Included in the support package is $450,000 for Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) to provide drug and alcohol support workers in Kununurra, while Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation has received $350,000 to provide the same in Wyndham.

Facial scans to help with diagnoses

21 July 2016

Seventy East Kalgoorlie Primary School students, aged four to 11 years, recently took part in the Western Australia (WA) Health project, Goldfields Faces, which could one day revolutionise the way rare diseases are diagnosed.

Cultural project aims to reduce Aboriginal suicide

21 July 2016

The Noongar Boodja Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation has launched a series of projects to reintroduce Aboriginal people in the South West of Western Australia to Noongar culture, with the aim of decreasing suicide rates in the Aboriginal community.

Minister inspects $5.3m Geraldton health projects

20 July 2016

Western Australian (WA) Health Minister, John Day, visited Geraldton last week to see construction of the new $4.1 million Mid West Cancer Centre and $1.2 million renal facilities.  Developed in partnership with the Federal Government, the new cancer centre will increase the number of local chemotherapy chairs from five to seven, and provide purpose-built facilities for consultations and outpatient services.  Mr Day said construction of new renal consultation and education facilities would allow the regional renal team to provide more support for patients and their families.  Construction of the cancer and renal centres is expected to be complete in October.

WA patients to benefit from remote transport boost

20 July 2016

The Western Australia (WA) Government announced yesterday a Royalties for Regions investment of $67.39 million in the Country Patient Transport Project.

Clinic steers kids away from bad habits

19 July 2016

Children and teenagers in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA), honed their basketball skills with Goldfields Giants import players, Jacob Holmen and Kenny 'KJ' Manigault, at a coaching clinic last week.  The clinic was run by Bega Garnbirringu's tobacco action and youth teams.

Aboriginal mothers 17 times more likely to die from homicide, WA study finds

18 July 2016

A Telethon Kids Institute study analysing data about deaths from external causes from 1983 to 2010 in Western Australia (WA) found about one in four Aboriginal mothers who died in that time were victims of homicide.

All Australians encouraged to take part in the 17th Census of Housing and Population

18 July 2016

On Tuesday 9 August 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is calling on individuals and households across Australia to complete the Census of Population and Housing (the Census).

Roebourne Elder's plan to save her community

18 July 2016

Ngarluma Elder, Nanna Pansy Hicks, told two Western Australia (WA) Government Ministers how she often looks after children whose parents are not taking care of them, providing a safe place to stay for the night.  The government's new pathway, Resilient Families, Strong Communities, aims to address the problem of disparate programs providing duplicate services.

Screen debut for Noongar story

15 July 2016

The legend of the djidi djidi has been established as a local resource for years to come after students at Mt Lockyer, Western Australia (WA), created a stop-motion film of the local Noongar story.  The film tells the story of the djidi djidi, or willy wagtail, which lures adults and children away from safety and into the bush.  Teachers Hannah Lace and Cheryleen Simpson used the story to engage the students in local Noongar knowledge as part of NAIDOC Week.

Aboriginal leader says cashless card trial showing positive results

15 July 2016

A prominent Aboriginal leader in the East Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), says there is already evidence the Cashless Debit Card Trial is showing promising results just two months after it was launched.

UWA's Indigenous Science Camp

15 July 2016

This week, 27 Year 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Western Australia (WA) are attending the 17th annual Indigenous Science Camp, hosted by The University of Western Australia's (UWA) School of Indigenous Studies.  While at UWA, they will explore the campus and take part in activities, such as those run by the Schools of Dentistry, Sports Science, Exercise and Health, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health and student clubs including Engineers Without Borders.

Indigenous leaders honoured at Hedland 2016 NAIDOC awards

14 July 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at Hedland, Western Australia (WA) were honoured last week as part of the 2016 NAIDOC awards.

Roadmap for regional and remote WA Indigenous communities launched

14 July 2016

The West Australian (WA) State Government has released a new blueprint, Resilient families, strong communities, which aims to transform where and how 12,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in the state's remote north.

WA Police launch Aboriginal cadet program

14 July 2016

An Aboriginal police cadet program has been created to encourage more young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become police officers in Western Australia (WA).

Night sports program for Kwinana kids

13 July 2016

There is a new program keeping young people in Kwinana, Western Australia (WA), busy on Friday nights.

Dreamtime Emu Dance gives students lesson in life

13 July 2016

A group of 14 students from Laverton Remote School and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School took to the stage to perform a contemporary Dreamtime Emu Dance for NAIDOC Week.

National Diabetes Week: facts about diabetes in Western Australia (WA)

13 July 2016

This week is National Diabetes Week 10-16 July, and Diabetes WA is raising awareness of the importance for people with all types of diabetes to take care of their feet.

Indigenous leader hopes the new drug transit laws will stem the flow of drugs and alcohol

13 July 2016

The leader of an Aboriginal community in Western Australia (WA) is hoping tough new laws giving police the power to crackdown on drug routes in the region will stem the flow of drugs and alcohol.

Cops take on CAPS on court

12 July 2016

The inaugural basketball game between the Coolgardie police and the Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School (CAPS) students took place last week in the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA).  CAPS Principal, Kurtis Leslie, said the game was fun for the students and also helped them view the police in a positive light.

Pilbara Rangers to get help to look after country

12 July 2016

A $200,000 grant will go towards funding a ranger coordinator for two years to help get the Marduthuni Rangers: Lower Fortescue River and Estuary land management program up and running in Western Australia (WA).

NAIDOC Week: Murchison Elders pass on Indigenous cultural knowledge at three-day camp

12 July 2016

A camp out at Wooleen Station in the Murchison region of Western Australia (WA) was organised to enable Elders to pass on traditional Aboriginal knowledge and culture to the young.

NAIDOC Week: Aboriginal teaching student aims to lead change in the classroom

11 July 2016

This year's recipient of the Edith Cowan University (ECU) Vice-Chancellor's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is Aboriginal teaching student, Mikayla King.  Ms King is currently in her second year of an early childhood education degree at ECU and has been working as an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer at a primary school in Perth, Western Australia (WA), since 2013.  A great deal of Ms King's work as an education officer over the past three years has been in supporting students, their families and the teachers to understand and overcome the numerous gaps for Aboriginal children.

Indigenous health gets Professor John Boulton's human touch

11 July 2016

Professor John Boulton's new book, Aboriginal children, history and health, tells the story of the frontier in northern Australia and offers a guide to the hidden, persisting causes of Indigenous disadvantage.  Whilst working in Aboriginal child health at Derby Hospital in 2009, Professor Boulton met and subsequently became friends with a Gurindji man, named Coolibah.

The future of WA's 35 Aboriginal town reserves in the spotlight

11 July 2016

The future of Western Australia's (WA) 35 town-based Aboriginal reserves are to be put under the spotlight, with some residents determined to stay while other accept an offer of new houses in town.  Town-based reserves are Aboriginal communities that formed around townships in the middle of the 20th century, as Aboriginal families were displaced from their bush homes and moved off cattle stations.

Launch of Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

11 July 2016

The Heart Foundation has launched the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program in Roebourne, Western Australia (WA).

A world first smartphone app for Indigenous events launched

11 July 2016

A world first smartphone app for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events, dates, places and services has been officially launched in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).  The Trakka app, developed by Indigenous Consulting Group with the City of Fremantle and the local Aboriginal community was developed primarily for Aboriginal users but has quickly spread to non-Aboriginal residents and also tourists.  Trakka provides information about local Aboriginal events, national dates, places of significance and local services all in one place.

Australian Aboriginals have world’s highest mesothelioma rate

7 July 2016

The Aboriginal people of Western Australia (WA) have the highest per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the world according to a new article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Health. A now-closed asbestos mine in Wittenoon, in the Pilbara region of WA may be to blame.

Reversible contraceptive use high among Aboriginal women in Western desert

7 July 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) have documented a high use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among Aboriginal women in Western Australia's (WA) Western Desert region.

Ted Wilkes recognised with AMA award at annual gala

5 July 2016

Aboriginal health champion, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, was recognised for his career in the medical field at a gala dinner hosted by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) at the end of June.

Maurice Rioli inducted into AFL Hall of Fame

4 July 2016

The late Maurice Rioli was one of six Australian Football League (AFL) players to be inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame for 2016.  Mr Rioli was the first Indigenous player in 1982 to win the Norm Smith medal as best on ground in the then Victorian Football League (VFL) grand final.  The AFL Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and serves to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian football.

More Aboriginal Health Workers graduate immunisation program in Perth

4 July 2016

Four local Aboriginal Health Workers are the latest graduates of a program which teaches them how to administer vaccinations to children.

Research shows up to one in five Aboriginal newborns aren't registered

4 July 2016

Around 20%, or one in five, of Aboriginal births in Western Australia (WA) between 1996 and 2012 weren't registered.

Kimberley mental health organisations get funding boost

1 July 2016

Organisations in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), focused on suicide prevention training have been awarded $145,000 by the State Government.  Mental Health Minister, Andrea Mitchell, said the grants would specifically target at-risk groups, with $93,000 of the total funding allocated to train Aboriginal people to help reduce the incidence of suicide.  'These grants will fund intensive training courses that will give participants an understanding of mental illness, an insight into the thinking of sufferers and knowledge on how to provide immediate help,' Ms Mitchell said.  The grants are part of the State Government's strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020: together we can save lives, which aims to halve the number of suicides during the next 10 years.

Yamaji Art calls for suicide prevention education for youth

1 July 2016

Following her return from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference, Yamaji Art Manager, Charmaine Green, says Geraldton, Western Australia (WA) needs more programs for youth suicide.  Yamaji Art donated funds raised from a recent exhibition to the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention charity, and Ms Green said they hoped to raise more money for the cause.

Port Hedland Indigenous hostel closes

1 July 2016

The Bunara Maya hostel in South Hedland, Western Australia (WA), has been forced to close its doors after failing to secure new funding from the Federal Government.

Geraldton event helps smokers to kick habit

30 June 2016

About 100 people turned out to a World No Tobacco Day community event held by the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) last month in Western Australia (WA).

Hedland services join forces to tackle drug and alcohol issues

30 June 2016

More than 60 people from support groups in Hedland, Western Australia (WA) came together at last week's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultation forum to discuss the region's ongoing substance use issues.  Organisations involved included Yaandina's Turner River Rehabilitation Centre, the Bloodwood Tree Association, and Hedland Women's Refuge.  Forum members discussed how to secure funding and how to build interconnections between different support networks.

Red Dust Heelers para athletes inspire students

30 June 2016

Students from primary schools in Hedland, Western Australia (WA), wheeled out a new skill set last week as they rolled with the Red Dust Heelers para athletes.  Made up of Aboriginal and other athletes with a disability, the Heelers squad includes Karratha-born wheelchair basketball star Ryan Morich. Mr Morich lost his leg below the knee when he was 12 after contracting a rare bone cancer, yet has gone on to become captain of the Red Dust Heelers Adelaide wheelchair basketball team.  Mr Morich and the Heelers squad taught the students how to control sport wheelchairs and take part in exercises mimicking the challenges of being blind.  St Cecilia's teacher, Claire Wellbeloved, said it was great timing for the Heelers to visit her school.

WA child activity programs keep funding

30 June 2016

Two of the Western Australia (WA) Government's sporting and recreation programs for children will continue to be funded after $5 million was allocated to them in the State Budget.

Funding for suicide prevention coordinators in WA

30 June 2016

Western Australian (WA) Mental Health Minister, Andrea Mitchell, has announced the first three of a total of seven suicide prevention coordinators scheduled for placement in Western Australia in 2016.

Centrelink's BasicsCard and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

30 June 2016

The BasicsCard is a personal identification number (PIN) protected card that allows welfare recipients to access their income managed money through existing electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) facilities at approved stores and businesses.

Drop-in centre helps youngest, most vulnerable children in Hedland

29 June 2016

The Youth Involvement Council's (YIC) new headquarters in South Hedland, Western Australia (WA), has allowed the group to expand its services for all ages, but particularly for children between five and ten years old.  The building includes YIC's first drop-in centre open to five to ten-year-olds in the group's Deadly Hearts program.

Concerns about link between high water nitrate levels and kidney disease in some WA communities

29 June 2016

A West Australian (WA) regional doctor says there could be a link between elevated levels of nitrates in the drinking water of some towns and health issues such as kidney disease.

WA Government starts program on child protection

29 June 2016

The Western Australia (WA) Government has launched a three-year plan to try to reduce the rate at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are taken into care.

Indigenous suicide rates in remote WA communities among worst in world, report finds

29 June 2016

Suicide rates for Aboriginal people in remote Western Australia (WA) are among the worst in the world and are set to double by the end of the decade, a report has found.

Final diabetes research grant reminder!

27 June 2016

Diabetes Research Western Australia (WA) are offering two separate diabetes research project grants of $80,000 each as non-recurring grants for the 2017 year.

2016 Infection and Immunity in Children Perth travel scholarship

27 June 2016

The Telethon Kids Institute’s Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccine and Infectious Diseases is hosting a training course in Perth, Western Australia (WA) on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December, 2016.

Kimberley communities to drive alcohol policy

24 June 2016

Police in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) will be heading out to remote communities as part of a strategy aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime.  The strategy will be rolled out over the next 12 months with officers set to meet community leaders to help them decide whether to impose, or extend, alcohol bans. Communities can request to be made alcohol-free under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act.  Kimberley District Superintendent, Allan Adams, said the policy had been prompted by a need for police to have a clearer direction of where communities wished to go with alcohol bans in the future.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking program launched in Kimberley

24 June 2016

The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services' (KAMS) Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program was launched this month in Broome, Western Australia (WA) to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

Broome's short-stay hostel gets council approval

23 June 2016

Construction of a short-stay hostel in Broome, Western Australia (WA) is expected to start later this year.

Architecture firm wins international award for design of Walumba Elders Centre

22 June 2016

Architecture firm, Iredale Pederson Hook, is one of three winners in the international 2016 Architecture of Necessity triennial which celebrates sustainable community building projects.  Iredale Pederson Hook's winning entry, A Place of Respect and to Pass on Knowledge, otherwise known as the Walumba Elders Centre, is a house for elderly Aboriginal people in the remote community of Warrman, Western Australia (WA).  The centre was built in response to the March 2011 floods which destroyed much of the homeland.

Harmony begins at home in Geraldton

22 June 2016

Everyone is responsible for improving relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, was the message from Rod Little, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, who spoke at a Reconciliation Week event in Geraldton, Western Australia (WA).

Pilbara doctor on top of his Game

22 June 2016

Pilbara doctor, John van Bockxmeer, has won the Community Award at this year's West Australian of the Year awards for his efforts in the community, including his work with Fair Game Australia.  The Hedland Health campus emergency doctor founded not-for-profit organisation Fair Game several years ago and since then has donated more than 15,000 items of recycled sporting equipment to clubs, remote communities and children who need it.

Concern about deadly marbled death cap mushroom in WA

20 June 2016

Western Australian (WA) health authorities have put out a warning that the deadly marbled death cap mushroom does exist in the state.

Liquor ban extended for remote community

17 June 2016

Racing and Gaming Minister, the Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC, has extended the ban on liquor in the remote Aboriginal community of Wangkatjungka in the Fitzroy Valley region of Western Australia (WA).

Suicide prevention services not accessed by 70% of Kimberley victims

15 June 2016

More than two-thirds of people who committed suicide in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), had not accessed mental health services, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.  Broome Headspace Manager, Raina Washington, provided the statistic at a WA parliamentary inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicides.

MercyCare unveils its Aboriginal Pathway Strategy

15 June 2016

Not-for-profit organisation, MercyCare, unveiled its Aboriginal Pathway Strategy last month during Reconciliation Week. The strategy outlines progressive new plans to engage with Aboriginal communities in both Perth and remote Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous women handed mental health boost to assist pregnancy, motherhood

13 June 2016

A digitised mental health screening program which aims to assess the social and emotional wellbeing of pregnant Aboriginal women is to be piloted in Western Australia.

Grants for Kimberley suicide prevention training

9 June 2016

The Federal Government has awarded $145,000 to organisations in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to conduct suicide prevention training.

Students to document native plants in short documentaries

8 June 2016

About 80 students in the Goldfields region of Western Australia (WA) are creating short films about local native plants and their bush tucker and bush medicine uses as part of the Explore Karlkurla Project.

West Coast Fever supports Shooting Stars

6 June 2016

Western Australia's (WA) West Coast Fever netball team wore the Shooting Stars logo during the Indigenous round this week.

Ord Valley builds renal hostel

6 June 2016

Construction of a new $2.56 million hostel for renal dialysis patients is well underway in Kununurra, Western Australia (WA), with the facility set to open in the first half of 2017.  The eight-bed facility will provide accommodation for people undergoing renal dialysis at Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service in Kununurra. There are currently 19 patients undergoing dialysis in Kununurra with conditions spread across the five stages of chronic kidney disease.

Kimberley drive program vital in breaking youth crime cycle

1 June 2016

Hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), are steering in the right direction thanks to the success of a local driver training scheme.  The Broome and Lombadina Aboriginal Driver Training Program, delivered by Life Without Barriers, was established to divert Aboriginal people away from the criminal justice system and help boost job readiness.  More than 230 Broome residents have participated in the initiative, administered by the Department of the Attorney General and funded by Royalties for Regions. Now in its third year, the program teaches participants road rules and how to drive safely and responsibly.

Medal honour for Leonora Health Worker

31 May 2016

Geraldine Hogarth, a Health Worker from Leonora, Western Australia (WA), was recently honoured for more than 33 years of service in the Northern Goldfields.

Emerging Perth basketball club delivers assistance to Indigenous youth

30 May 2016

One man's idea to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to play basketball has led to a club with 120 participants across 14 teams of all ages.

Newman health care facility upgrade

27 May 2016

A $60 million project to upgrade an ageing health care facility at Newman in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been announced.

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation to inject $5.6 million into Pilbara

26 May 2016

A Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal corporation hit hard by the resources downturn has announced a return to funding community projects for 2016-17.  Gumala Aboriginal Corporation serves the Banyjima, Innawonga and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara.

Cultural learning camp focuses on water quality

25 May 2016

More than 100 men, women and children gathered recently on Ngurrara native title land for a two-way cultural learning camp organised by Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation (YAC).

Assistance for regional Western Australian not-for-profits to attend aes16 International evaluation conference

25 May 2016

Assistance is available to support up to 25 staff or board members of regional Western Australian not-for-profit organisations to attend the aes16 International evaluation conference.

Contaminated water supplies in remote WA communities

24 May 2016

A number of remote Western Australia (WA) communities are becoming increasingly reliant on bottled water due to contaminated drinking water supplies.

Wirraka Maya project raises awareness of FASD

24 May 2016

Wirraka Maya Health Service is leading the fight against Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Pilbara, Western Australia (WA), through a two-month project.

Kimberley Stolen Generations stories captured on film

24 May 2016

The Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (KSGAC) has produced a series of powerful videos telling the stories of five elderly Stolen Generations members.

Young Albany cricketer to represent Australia in India

23 May 2016

Albany cricket player Samara Williams’ dream of representing her country will be realised over the next week with the all-rounder part of the national Indigenous women’s squad touring India.

Indigenous youth to benefit from WA grants

23 May 2016

Victims of family violence, the disabled, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are among those who will benefit from more than $3.1 million to 21 organisations in Western Australia (WA) for crime prevention and support programs.

Alcohol sales policy helps cut SOS calls in Newman

23 May 2016

An alcohol sales policy designed by Martu elders and bottle shops in Newman, Western Australia (WA), has led to a decrease in after-hours emergency calls from women fleeing domestic violence, according to a local women's shelter.  The agreement, which has seen Martu people turned away from bottle shops in Newman after 5pm, was signed two months ago between Cellarbrations licensee and Martu Elders to stop alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour in the central business district (CBD).  Newman Women's Shelter Coordinator, Maggie Lewis, said since the policy was put in place she has noticed a huge change, and at-risk women in town were feeling the positive effects.  Newman Police Acting Senior Sergeant, Grant Berry, said the police had also noticed a reduction in alcohol-related violence and that it was a grassroots initiative that could be successful in other communities in the North West.

Handbook to help Indigenous rangers manage cane toads

18 May 2016

A new tool to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers manage the threat of cane toads in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) was launched recently as part of the Kimberley cane toad clean up program.

164 remote WA communities funded in the 2016-17 State Budget

18 May 2016

The West Australian (WA) State Government has announced that it will continue to deliver a range of essential and municipal services to WA's remote communities.

Strong spirit strong mind (SSSM) - survey of Aboriginal young people in Perth WA

17 May 2016

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is calling for Aboriginal young people aged 12-25 years within Perth metro, Western Australia, to participate in the evaluation of the Strong spirit strong mind (SSSM) metro project campaign, through a survey, which is to be made available soon.

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Suicide prevention DVD launches in Broome

13 May 2016

A grassroots suicide prevention educational and awareness DVD targeting at-risk young women launched in Broome, Western Australia (WA) last week.

Kimberley leader wins prestigious reconciliation award

12 May 2016

Respected Kimberley Indigenous leader, Bunuba woman June Oscar, has been awarded the 2016 Desmond Tutu reconciliation fellowship for her outstanding community health achievements and advocacy for Indigenous rights.

WA Government strengthens fight against methamphetamine in budget 2016-17

12 May 2016

In a joint media statement, the Western Australian (WA) Government has made the 2016-17 budget commitment of $9.8 million, for an extra 52 rehabilitation beds and eight low-medical withdrawal beds across WA for people addicted to methamphetamine (ice).

WA Community service awards 2016: state's best honoured

11 May 2016

A refuge for at-risk women and a program to foster greater understanding of Aboriginal culture were among the winners at the Western Australia (WA) 2016 Community service excellence awards.  The eight awards, presented on Wednesday 4 May, are a partnership between the WA State Government and the WA Council of Social Services.  Zonta House Refuge Association, a group that provides support services to women and families who have experienced, or are at risk of, domestic violence, won the medium organisation category.

Make smoking history: Last dance

11 May 2016

On Sunday 15 May, Make smoking history will air the Western Australia (WA) campaign Last dance.

Respected Aboriginal woman from Kimberley named to key committee

11 May 2016

Senior Miriuwung Gajerrong/Bunuba woman, Merle Carter has been added to the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC) for Western Australia (WA), along with three other Indigenous people.  Ms Carter is chairwoman of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and a board member of the Broome-based Kimberley Land Council.  The ACMC is an independent committee responsible for evaluating the importance of places and objects believed to be associated with Aboriginal people on behalf of the community, and provide advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.  Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Peter Collier, said the ACMC newcomers would provide an increased voice for WA's Indigenous population.

WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin speaks out on state's incarceration numbers

10 May 2016

Reflecting on his decade at the head of the Supreme Court in Western Australia (WA), Chief Justice Wayne Martin says he remains concerned by the state's high incarceration rates despite crime rates falling.

WANADA Strong spirit strong mind award winners announced

10 May 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of Western Australia Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) Strong spirit strong mind awards.

Hope Community Services wins partnership award

9 May 2016

Aboriginal alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers from across Western Australia celebrated the 2016 Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards on Friday, 29 April, and Hope Community Services was among the organisations to receive recognition from the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA).

A training program saving lives by helping Indigenous inmates into work

9 May 2016

Research suggests that the first year out of prison is a dangerous time for former prisoners as the risk of death from substance use and suicide is higher.  Mervyn Eades, an Aboriginal man from Western Australia (WA), created Ngalla Maya after he was released from prison in order to address this risk.

WA Aborignal medical service sector supports Federal Government plan for chronic disease patients

9 May 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) said the Federal Government's new plan to provide better care for people with chronic illnesses amounted to trailing the Aboriginal medical service (AMS) model in non-Aboriginal communities.  A meeting in April of AMS Chief Executive Officers from Western Australia's (WA) welcomed the $20 million Health care homes trial, which will start on 1 July 2017 under the Healthier Medicare program.

Midnight basketball gives at-risk youth a place to be

9 May 2016

There is one basketball tournament where shooting baskets is not the end game. Midnight basketball is a community-run program focused on reaching out to at-risk youth.

Applications for Western Australia Nursing and midwifery fellowships closing soon

9 May 2016

Applications for Western Australia's (WA) Department of Health 2016 Nursing and Midwifery Office fellowships and grants are closing on Friday 13 May.  The six fellowships, including an Aboriginal health fellowship, are open to eligible registered nurses and midwives in WA to provide support in completing a Masters (by research), Professional Doctorate or PhD.

A new service for men

9 May 2016

Devon Cuimara, from Western Australia (WA), has found a gap in domestic and family violence services.

Pilbara health service boosts immunisation program

6 May 2016

Mawarnkarra Health Service patients will no longer have to wait for the nurse to be on site to get their immunisations because all of the clinic's Aboriginal Health Practitioners are now qualified to administer vaccines.

Community member takes on key Punmu role

5 May 2016

The people of Punmu community in Western Australia (WA) have celebrated the short-term appointment of a respected community member to the board of directors to guide the governance of the remote East Pilbara community.  Morika Biljabu has stepped in to relieve Punmu community director, John Reudavey, until 27 May, to help manage the day-to-day running of the Aboriginal community.

Cashless welfare debit card trial will start in the East Kimberley

5 May 2016

The cashless welfare debit card trial is set to begin in the East Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), with special card and information on how to use them being issued in the mail as of last week.  Under the Federal Government scheme, the majority of welfare payments made to residents in Kununurra and Wyndham, with the exception of the aged-pension, will be paid onto the special card which cannot be used to withdraw cash or purchase alcohol.

WA Government commits to additional funding for Mental Health Commission in state budget

5 May 2016

According to a joint media statement from Premier Colin Barnett and ministers Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA and Hon Terry Redman MLA, the government will deliver $865.8 million to the Mental Health Commission, representing an 83.9% increase to the sector since the 2008-09 period.

Marathon runners an inspiration to Indigenous community

4 May 2016

Two residents of Broome, Western Australia (WA), have been selected in a squad of 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for the 2016 Indigenous marathon project (IMP).

Couple work tirelessly for Roebourne's future

4 May 2016

Beth Smith and her husband Marshall, have a long history of working for the Roebourne community, including establishing Mingullatharndo, or Five Mile, a dry community, about 10 kilometres out of town in 1990.  Working as a welfare officer at Roebourne prison at the time, Mr Smith saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ending up back in jail and identified the need for a way to escape the alcohol problems that plagued the area.  The Smiths work to improve the social and economic capacity of Mingullathrado residents by providing them with a range of skills and knowledge.

Newman children learn survival swimming lessons

4 May 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Newman, Western Australia (WA) had the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons for the very first time through the Royal Life Saving WA Swim and survive: Access and equity program last term.

Standing strong together in Roebourne

3 May 2016

Act-belong-commit launched it's Standing strong together social and emotional wellbeing campaign in Roebourne, Western Australia (WA) last month.

Broome Indigenous driver training gets boost

2 May 2016

A new driver training vehicle for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in and around Broome, Western Australia (WA) will the help of Commonwealth Bank contributions of $4,000 annually over the next five years.  The Broome-based Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) said there were 40 clients on its waiting list for driver training.

Traditional Kimberley burn project reveals wildfire impact reduction

2 May 2016

Aboriginal rangers based in the far north Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), say they have measured major reductions in wildfire impact since ramping up traditional burning methods four years ago.  Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation held their annual fire planning meeting recently where they revealed early dry season burning by Uunguu Rangers had helped contain the large-scale hot-burn wildfires and their impacts on visitors, cultural sites, plants and animals.  Prior to the implementation of the traditional burning methods, single wildfire events had ravaged up to half the 800,000ha project area compared to all fires being contained to within 10,000ha since.  The fire regime is based on a return to traditional owners lighting fires while walking - as their ancestors had done for thousands of years - combined with helicopter burning in less accessible areas.

Butler's Rishelle Hume in running for West Australian on the Year award

29 April 2016

Butler resident, Rishelle Hume, is a finalist for the 2016 Western Australian of the Year Awards, in the Aboriginal category along with fellow Noongar woman, Denise Smith-Ali.  Ms Hume was born in Subiaco and has traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Booja peoples.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Perth artist to start conversation with the Matagarup Refugee Group

28 April 2016

Perth artist, Steven Finch, has spent the past year living the nomadic life and will this week trade his yurt for a raft on the Swan River.

Aboriginal water testing program benefits flow into schools

27 April 2016

A two-way learning water testing program launched in three Kimberley schools in Western Australia (WA) is proving to be very successful, increasing student retention and exposing participants to future employment opportunities.

Aboriginal families to be consulted about blood samples of family members collected decades ago

27 April 2016

Consultation is underway in the north of Western Australia (WA) about whether Aboriginal families are happy to have their blood samples studied and kept.  Between the 1960s and early 1900s, scientists took blood samples from about 7,000 people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia as part of ongoing research into Indigenous genetics.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) update: national grant recipients

26 April 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants aim to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.

Martu women's traditional flora camp

26 April 2016

Recently 42 women from three Martu communities came together for a four day plant and bush medicine workshop supported by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

Call for community grant applications in the Pilbara

26 April 2016

Fortescue Group are asking for community grant applications for the latest round of funding through their Community support program.  The grants offer up to $3,000 for organisations involved in programs, activities and events in the Town of Port Hedland and the Shire of East Pilbara.

River program branches out to remote Kimberley schools

26 April 2016

A program which gives students the opportunity to take part in river-based activities has expanded from Perth into remote parts of the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

Dockers and Eagles welcome new zones

22 April 2016

Fremantle Dockers Chief Executive, Steve Rosich, says the club's long-term goal will be to identify future players out of its newly allocated Indigenous and multicultural recruiting zones.

Wirrpanda and Cook launch Deadly Brotha Boyz mentoring program

21 April 2016

Former AFL stars David Wirrpanda and Troy Cook were at Kojonup Sporting Complex, Western Australia (WA), last week to launch the Wirrpanda Foundation's new Deadly brotha boyz Aboriginal youth mentoring program.  Department of Sport and Recreation Great Southern Aboriginal Sports Development Manager and Wirrapanda Foundation Mentor, Robbie Miniter, said the program was about letting the youths know there were opportunities available to them.

New global research to shine spotlight on the plight of the world's Indigenous and tribal populations

21 April 2016

A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally has revealed the extent of work that needs to be done if the United Nations is to meet its 2030 goals of ending poverty and inequality.

Curtin introduces Indigenous clinical mental health course

19 April 2016

There will soon be an increase in Aboriginal mental health workers after Curtin University introduced its new Indigenous clinical mental health practitioner degree this year. The course is open to Aboriginal students to educate and support them in becoming registered mental health practitioners specialising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinical mental health.  Rural Health West General Manager for Workforce, Kelli Porter, said an increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers would be valuable in regional areas of Western Australia (WA).  Curtin's Centre for Aboriginal Studies Associate Lecturer, Trish Hill-Wall, said the course may be the first of its kind in the country and is an empowering opportunity for Aboriginal students.

Kimberley regional youth strategy to be launched

19 April 2016

Local governments in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will launch a new regional youth strategy this week to coincide with the start of National youth week.

Leonora community hopes road trip to conference will bring suicide prevention tips

18 April 2016

At-risk Aboriginal youth from Western Australia's (WA) northern Goldfields region are heading to a suicide prevention conference in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT).

Female prisoners in WA to be managed under new gender-specific measures

18 April 2016

A specified standard for the management of female prisoners is being introduced in Western Australia (WA) for the first time, with particular attention to be paid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.  WA Department of Corrective Services Commissioner, James McMahon, said the new plan was about getting better results for female prisoners and the community. Aboriginal women comprise 46% of WA's adult female prison population, while making up only three per cent of the overall population in the state.

Broome's new bush tucker seed bank

18 April 2016

Demand for Western Australia's (WA) native plant seeds is increasing for purposes ranging from revegetating former mine sites to high-end restaurants which use Aboriginal food plants in their cuisine.  Environs Kimberley in Broome and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers are in the early stages of developing a seed bank made up of bush tucker species and other culturally-significant plants to help serve this demand.

Registrations now open for the Diabetes WA Aboriginal health forum

14 April 2016

Registrations are now open for the 4th annual Diabetes Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal health forum.

New ear health portal for the Pilbara

14 April 2016

A new million-dollar partnership between Telethon and Chevron to fund Western Australia’s first north-west ear health portal was announced yesterday.

Kids to work with opera star at cultural camp

14 April 2016

The first on-country children’s cultural camp in the Karijini National Park, Western Australia (WA) will be hosted by IBN Corporation.

Noongar Radio hosts regular new segment on health matters

13 April 2016

Noongar Radio have launched a new fortnightly segment, Health matters, which tackles contemporary health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Australia (WA).  Topics discussed include diabetes and obesity in Aboriginal children, and how to improve health by quitting smoking.

Expressions of interest open for Land capability assessment for on-site wastewater management training course

11 April 2016

The West Australian (WA) Department of Health (DoH) is planning to hold a three-day Land capability assessment for on-site wastewater management training course in July 2016, and is asking for expressions of interest to attend the course.

LiveLighter campaign asks WA to think about what's really on the menu

8 April 2016

The LiveLighter health promotion campaign, a partnership between the Heart Foundation Western Australia (WA) and the Cancer Council of WA, has launched a new television campaign aimed at reducing consumption of junk food.  The five new television adverts aim to expose the health effects of regularly consuming junk food.

West Australian State Government takes measures to reduce Aboriginal children in care

7 April 2016

The West Australian state’s head of child protection says steps are being taken to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in care in the Goldfields area.

High hopes for young Indigenous female footballers

5 April 2016

More than 200 Aboriginal girls were expected to participate in this year's Kirby Bentley cup, which was held at Lighting Park in Noranda, Western Australia (WA) last Friday 1 April.

One in five WA kids playing sport are Indigenous

4 April 2016

More than 10,000 Aboriginal children have joined a sport or recreation club in Western Australia (WA) following the introduction of $200 vouchers to help families pay for club fees.

WA inquiry to examine Aboriginal youth suicides

4 April 2016

A parliamentary inquiry will examine Aboriginal youth suicides in Western Australia (WA) after a 10-year-old girl took her own life in the Kimberley region.

Public Health Week sets focus on crucial topics and encourages discussion

1 April 2016

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s Public Health Week, which runs from 4-8 April 2016.

Traditional knowledge used to protect biodiversity in the Kimberley

31 March 2016

A seed bank project in remote northern Australia is training Aboriginal women in horticulture to help protect plant biodiversity in the region.

Telehealth retinal screening extends to remote Goldfields

30 March 2016

The Western Australia (WA) Country Health Service has signed a partnership with Perth's Lions Eye Institute (LEI) to provide early screening for diabetes-related vision impairment by telehealth.  Patients living in the remote Goldfields region of WA can now access early screening programs, with nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers in Leonora, Laverton and Norseman having been trained by LEI staff to use a digital retinopathy system to carry out retinal screening.  Doctors at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus can also use the technology, which involves a fully automatic, easy to use fundus camera that captures high-resolution digital images of the central retina and transfers them to a network for remote viewing by specialists at LEI.

Indigenous mental health care at heart of new, popular Curtin University course

29 March 2016

Curtin University in Bentley, Western Australia,  has launched a new course that its creator hopes will help address issues plaguing Indigenous mental health care.

Bush food experts to build tucker garden

24 March 2016

Bush food experts are coming together to build a new tucker garden on the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation grounds in Rangeway, Western Australia (WA).  The initiative is a partnership between Bundiyarra and the Drylands Permaculture Nursery, with assistance from the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council's Aboriginal participation team.

It's all grow in remote WA communities following the wet season

24 March 2016

The Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation has hit the ground running in remote West Australian (WA) communities after the wet season and start of the 2016 school year to get the gardens back into shape.  EON has welcomed a new Pilbara Project Manager, Jenny Hurse, who is taking over the gardens at South Hedland Primary School, Yandeyarra and Warralong.

Richard's marathon odyssey continues

24 March 2016

The Run Richard run marathon odyssey continues, with one down and seven more to go.

Aboriginal patients in WA self-discharge from hospital at rates 10 times higher than non-Indigenous patients

23 March 2016

Aboriginal patients are discharging themselves from hospital against medical advice at rates 10 times higher than non-Aboriginal patients, Western Australia (WA) figures show.

Aboriginal student ambassador studying medicine while raising family

23 March 2016

Adriane Houghton is a mother of two from Hedland, Western Australia (WA), juggling life and studies as she works to complete a medical degree at the University of WA.  She has recently been appointed as the first Aboriginal student ambassador for Rural Health West to promote country careers to WA health students, and she hopes to return to Hedland to pursue her career in Aboriginal health.  'Some Aboriginal people do not visit their doctor or go to a hospital when they are unwell as they do not like to be away from their family,' Ms Houghton said.

WA's bid to create Australia's first Indigenous cycling star

23 March 2016

Hurtling around a velodrome at breakneck speed, Lemarna Valentine can hit 50 kilometres an hour on her bike.

Indigenous football players show skill in Nicky Winmar carnival

22 March 2016

St Kilda champion Nicky Winmar was in Mandurah, Western Australia (WA), on Sunday 6 March as he watched more than 350 Aboriginal players aged 12 to 15 take part in the Nicky Winmar Carnival.  The carnival, held at Bendigo Bank Stadium, featured 14 metropolitan and regional WA teams playing more than 40 games in a round robin tournament.

Community garden planned for Esperance

16 March 2016

A community garden may soon be up and running in Esperance, Western Australia (WA), with organisers of the project hoping to begin the early stages of construction next week.  Jen Morcombe is planning to create a shared gardening space in a 200sqm lot next to the town's Anglican church, where she works as a part-time gardener.  One of the driving factors behind Mrs Morcombe's desire to create the garden is to reduce the health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the community.

Grant lets centre run free cervical clinic for women

15 March 2016

A new grant will allow the Fremantle Women's Health Centre (FWHC) to work on cervical cancer prevention by running a free pap clinic for Indigenous women.

Aboriginal campaigner shines light on mental health issues

14 March 2016

Noongar woman, Ingrid Cummings, a self-described survivor of mental illness and child sex abuse, was one of several campaigners who shared their stories in a yarning circle at the WA mental health conference held in Perth, Western Australia (WA) last week.

A fight to stem the rising Indigenous suicide rate

10 March 2016

In light of the recent latest tragic death of a young Aboriginal girl in Western Australia (WA), it is consoling to hear of positive steps in the battle against Aboriginal suicide being taken by Nyoongar Elder, Charlie Kickett, and his wife Helen Kickett, who are using his experience of battling mental illness to help other Aboriginal people find mental health services with the Looking forward project.

$1 million funding boost to help Aboriginal kids with skin infections

8 March 2016

Almost half of all Aboriginal children in remote Australia are affected by a skin infection at any one time.

Free laundry service for the homeless expands to WA

7 March 2016

A free mobile laundry service for the homeless has just expanded its operations to include Perth, Western Australia (WA).

Funding cuts force closure of award winning Aboriginal maternity care program in WA

7 March 2016

Moort boodjari mia has been operating in Western Australia (WA) since 2011 and has won awards for its work in helping Indigenous women through their pregnancies.

Registrations are open for the Western Australian branch conference and post-conference symposium

4 March 2016

Registration has opened for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Western Australia (WA) branch conference to be held at New Norcia, WA in May 2016.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs invites Pat Dodson as a new senator to help close the gap

3 March 2016

Professor Patrick Dodson has been nominated by Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, to fill the Senate vacancy for the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia (WA).

Wirrpanda Foundation celebrates 10 years of creating positive outcomes

3 March 2016

The Wirrpanda Foundation, established by David Wirrpanda during his football career with the West Coast Eagles, exists to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people by promoting strong role models and healthy life choices.  What began as the Wirra Club program operating out of West Coast's home ground has expanded over the past ten years into a not-for-profit organisation that has bases in Albany, Broome, Kwinana, Leederville and Wickham in Western Australia (WA).

Welcome to country app offers Indigenous community links

3 March 2016

A new smartphone app, Welcome to country, offers a geo-specific welcome to country video for the tribal area the user is entering.

Ken Wyatt makes history as first Aboriginal frontbencher

2 March 2016

Ken Wyatt made history in 2010 when he became the first Aboriginal person elected to the House Representatives.

WA Environmental Health Directorate seeking training requirement EOIs

1 March 2016

The West Australian (WA) Environmental Health Directorate are seeking feedback from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health (EH) workers based in WA on what EH training requirements they need.

Inquest leads to changes in custodial procedures in Broome

1 March 2016

A coronial inquest into the death of an Aboriginal woman in police custody in Broome, Western Australia (WA) in November 2012 has led to changes in local custodial procedures.

Fairbridge bindjareb project saves government millions

1 March 2016

The Fairbridge bindjareb project is a collaboration between Fairbridge Western Australia (WA) and the WA Government's Department of Corrective Services and industry partners.

Indigenous marketing starts with listening

1 March 2016

'Aboriginal' is not a single demographic and Australia is home to hundreds of Indigenous cultural groups.

Remote Kimberley community benefiting from FebFast pledge

25 February 2016

A number of families from a remote Kimberley community in Western Australia (WA) have pledged to stop drinking for the month of February as part of the 'FebFast' fundraiser.

Children affected by trauma

22 February 2016

Aboriginal children who misbehave, take risks and commit crimes are likely to be the result of intergenerational trauma, respected domestic violence expert June Oscar said last week.  Ms Oscar, who won national acclaim for leading the campaign for alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia (WA), said there was a 'huge population of traumatised children' affected by family violence in the Kimberley.  Ms Oscar was speaking at the launch of a national research paper into the most effective ways of dealing with violence against Aboriginal women and children.

United stance on violence

22 February 2016

Campaigners stood united against domestic violence last week at a morning tea held in Hedland, Western Australia (WA), to mark Ochre ribbon day.  Organised by Aboriginal Family Law Services (AFLS), the campaign aims to reduce domestic violence in Aboriginal communities and its devastating impact on men, women and children.

WA Government plans to impose time limits on temporary care for foster children

22 February 2016

The Government of Western Australia (WA) wants to overhaul child protection laws to make sure at-risk children have a permanent home quickly.

Style bible Vogue gives Top End bush fruit Kakadu plum superfood nod of approval

22 February 2016

A little known bush food from the Top End of Australia has caught the eye of international fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue.

Aboriginal custody hotline expanded in bid to prevent further deaths

19 February 2016

A 24-hour hotline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody will be expanded to watch houses and prisons across Western Australia (WA). WA has the nation's highest level of Indigenous over-representation in the justice system, and the Government has pledged to improve support services in the sector.

Homeless face dangerous life on Perth streets

19 February 2016

Almost 300 people sleeping rough on the streets of Perth, Western Australia (WA) have accounted for more than 1,000 emergency department visits, 400 hospitalisations and nearly 300 ambulance transports in the past six months.  The most comprehensive survey of homeless living in Perth, conducted over the past two weeks, spoke to 399 people who slept rough and recorded the highest ever number of rough sleepers.

Low immunisation rates give cause for concern

18 February 2016

A report has revealed almost 10,400 children in Western Australia (WA) are not fully immunised against contagious diseases, with some areas recording less than 85% of children had had all their vaccinations.  The snapshot for 2014-15, to be released today by the National Health Performance Authority, shows pockets across WA and Australia with low vaccination rates, raising concerns about the potential for outbreaks of serious diseases.

Eager to help, learn

17 February 2016

Liam Ryder of Carnarvon, Western Australia (WA) has been selected by St John Ambulance WA as one of just two people to receive the prestigious Aboriginal student ambulance scholarship.

Mission of conservation

16 February 2016

An environmental health project aimed at helping remediate a contaminated wastewater treatment plant in Broome, Western Australia (WA) has been announced under the Federal Government's Green army (GA) banner.  The Department of Lands is accepting proposals for initiatives that promote horticultural activity for the recently released 682ha swathe of land at Skuthorpe, about 23km east of Broome.

Midland cycle coach launches first Aboriginal youth talent squad

15 February 2016

Cycling coaches at the National Cycling Centre, Western Australia (WA) are fast tracking what they believe to be the first development club for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth in Australia.  Head Development Coach, Amanda O'Connor said the new program was available to boys and girls in the Perth Hills and Midland areas.

Revamped base boosts Stolen Generation group

15 February 2016

The Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (KGSAC) unveiled its newly renovated building in Broome, Western Australia (WA) last week to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the national apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. KSGAC Chief Executive, Ken Riddiford, said the renovations were made possible after the organisation successfully applied for Federal Government funding.  KSGAC Chairman, Mark Bin Bakar, announced the organisation had also received a new coaster bus, donated by Lotterywest.

Grant for Rottnest Aboriginal burial ground work

15 February 2016

The Rottnest Foundation has been presented with a $500,440 Lotterywest grant to further the restoration of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground at Rottnest Island, Western Australia (WA).  Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said the funds would help pay for planting and conservation works at the site, and for the development and installation of interpretative signs at the main entry points to the burial ground.

The Evonne Goolagong Foundation's 2016 free Indigenous tennis come and try days

11 February 2016

The Yvonne Goolagong Foundation will be holding free Indigenous tennis come and try days during 2016.

Super clinic set for fit-out

11 February 2016

A new GP Super Clinic in Karratha, Western Australia (WA) is just weeks away from opening its doors to the public with construction of the $13 million facility now finished.  On Monday afternoon construction firm Doric handed over the keys to Karratha Centre Healthcare (KCH), who will now complete the fit-out before opening doors to the public in the first week of March.  The clinic features four areas: clinical, allied health, social and emotional wellbeing and corporate, as well as specific areas for Aboriginal health and chronic disease.

Positive outcomes for dogs in Tjuntjuntjara after training course

10 February 2016

A dog health training course carried out in the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia (WA) has seen positive results in the health of local dogs.

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

New Make smoking history Sponge campaign

9 February 2016

On Sunday 14 February 2016 Make Smoking History will air the West Australian state-wide campaign Sponge.

Surge in WA jabs after threat

8 February 2016

The number of vaccinated five year olds in Western Australia (WA) has hit a record high, in a major turnaround experts believe will save lives.  The number of five year olds who are fully immunised is considered crucial because they are newly at school when the potential for diseases to spread escalates. In the past, WA has recorded one of the lowest immunisation rates of all States but in the December quarter it reached 92%, up from 91% in the September quarter, however experts believe a 95% immunisation rate is needed to prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as measles.  Aboriginal immunisation rates have had the most positive change with 94% of Indigenous five year olds having their jabs, up from 91%.

Health authorities provide sneak-peek at new Perth Children's Hospital

8 February 2016

The new Perth Children's Hospital is on track to open at the end of this year, with authorities today giving a sneak peek into some of its facilities.

Aged care quality award for Aboriginal pastoral care

8 February 2016

A pastoral program for Aboriginal people in Broome, Western Australia (WA) has been awarded with a Better practice award from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.  Southern Cross Care (WA) nursing home Germanus Kent House received the award for its Galiya mabudyan, or 'Life is good' pastoral care approach, designed to meet the social and cultural needs of Aboriginal residents.  Most of Germanus Kent House's residents are Aboriginal, and more than 50% lived on remote Aboriginal communities before entering the home.

Broome Shire backs proposed $21m Indigenous short stay centre amid ongoing dry camp push

2 February 2016

The Shire of Broome has welcomed plans for a $21 million Aboriginal short stay hostel to be built on Yawuru land in Broome, Western Australia (WA).

Nominations now open for 2016 Western Australian of the Year Awards

2 February 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Western Australian of the Year Awards.

Boost for youth mental health

2 February 2016

A facility focusing on improving young people's mental health will open its doors in Geraldton, Western Australia (WA), in late February 2016. The centre is a joint venture between local group Pollinators, Headspace and Youth Focus, with Pollinators providing the Headspace site.  National youth foundation Headspace will provide services for people aged 12-25 including: information counselling referrals support for drug and alcohol issues employment and education assistance.  Headspace State Manager, David Wray said the centre would provide services for about 500 young people a year.

Former Perth Wildcats coach Cal Bruton helps kids from Kimberley region improve their basketball skills

1 February 2016

Former Perth Wildcats basketball coach, Cal Bruton, helped 20 young people from West Australia's Kimberley region's Ardyaloon Basketball Association improve their skills in Perth this week as part of his Black Pearl Basketball Academy.  Mr Bruton said he was confident basketball could tap into the rich pool of Indigenous athletes to facilitate more professional sporting careers, something football has done successfully.

Efforts planned to preserve Kimberley bird habitat from invasive rubber vine

28 January 2016

An intensive program of rubber vine treatment by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers is being planned in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) to preserve the habitat of endangered birds.

Safe house plan for city youth

28 January 2016

Plans to establish an Aboriginal youth safe house in the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA), have won backing from all levels of government.

Australia Day honours Western Australian community leaders

27 January 2016

An Aboriginal woman who has dedicated years of her life to preserving her people's language and a council shire president helping prisoners stay connected to their country are among the Australia Day honours awards for West Australians (WA).

AHCWA secures Federal Government funding to ensure CMSAC's future

25 January 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) has secured Federal Government funding to ensure the future of the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC).

Registration now open for NATSIHWA forums in Perth and Adelaide for 2016

20 January 2016

Registration for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association's (NATSIHWA) forums in Perth and Adelaide are now open.

Critical response program to tackle high Western Australian Indigenous suicide rate

18 January 2016

The Federal Government has pledged $1 million to set up a Critical response project to tackle Indigenous suicide in Western Australia (WA), as advocates warn the state has one of the worst rates across the nation.

Another reprieve for Bloodwood hostel

14 January 2016

A South Hedland, West Australia (WA), hostel poised to shut its doors at the end of the year received a last minute, six-month reprieve from the Federal Government.

Passion for optimal health for first peoples drives aspiring nurse

14 January 2016

Newly graduated student Gningla Taylor has always been passionate about closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health in her community and with first peoples across the world.

2016 Healthway research funding round now open

12 January 2016

The 2016 Healthway research funding round is now open.

Expression of interest for Midwest Aboriginal Health Professionals

12 January 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) are now calling for expressions of interest for the Cancer Education Course for Midwest Aboriginal Health Professionals in Geraldton from 9 - 12 May 2016.

WA police introduce prerecorded cautions in Aboriginal languages

11 January 2016

Indigenous people will soon be able to hear a pre-recorded caution in any Aboriginal language if arrested in Western Australia (WA) under changes prompted by the case of an Aboriginal man who was charged with murder despite not understanding his rights or the questions.

Dream it forward small grants opportunity

23 December 2015

Applications are now open for the Dream it forward small grants.

Martu Elders fight against removal of Aboriginal children

21 December 2015

More than a decade after it featured in the Stolen Generations movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, a remote West Australian community has raised concerns about the number of Aboriginal children currently in care.

Suicide prevention team says holiday season is high-risk time

18 December 2015

An expert consultant on a national suicide prevention project says the festive and holiday season is traditionally a difficult and stressful time for some communities, and encourages people to look out for one another.

WA mumps outbreak sparks debate over role of vaccination rates

17 December 2015

The Australian Medical Association in Western Australia (WA) has attributed a large outbreak of mumps in the state to low vaccination rates, but the Health Department has a different view.

Folate push attributed to reduction in defects in Indigenous children

17 December 2015

A campaign led by West Australian (WA) researchers that made the vitamin folate mandatory in bread has led to a dramatic fall in serious birth defects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Call for abstracts - 2016 ADEA - WA branch conference

17 December 2015

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are calling for abstract submissions for the Western Australian (WA) state conference to be held in New Norcia, WA on Friday 6 May and Saturday 7 May 2016.

Indigenous mentor turning lives around in Halls Creek

15 December 2015

In an outback town with a troubled reputation, a local Aboriginal man is helping turn around the prospects for the next generation.

Strong culture: a road to good health small grants

10 December 2015

As part of Diabetes Western Australia’s (WA) commitment to diabetes awareness and prevention, a number of small grants are being offered to implement innovative health promotion projects with a focus on diabetes prevention in WA primary schools and other relevant community settings.

Funds fill up for education

10 December 2015

A Western Australian charity focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal children through exercise and nutrition programs has hired staff and increased the amount of work it's doing in several schools, following a major funding increase.

Telethon-Perth children's hospital research fund call for applications

9 December 2015

Applications for the fourth round of the Telethon-Perth children’s hospital research fund are now being accepted.

Blueprint to overhaul mental health and drug and alcohol services in WA released

9 December 2015

A 10-year plan to overhaul mental health care and drug and alcohol services in Western Australia (WA) has been released by the State Government. The plan is a recommended outcome of the 2012 Stokes review, which was commissioned after a number of suicides by patients released from mental health facilities.

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

8 December 2015

The winner of the 2015 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award is Professor Sandra Eades, Domain Head of Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities at Baker IDIHeart and Diabetes Institute.

Aboriginal workers sought for WA prisons

7 December 2015

A substantial increase in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce of Western Australia's (WA) prisons is being sought by the Department of Corrective Services.

Allied health and nursing roles for Aboriginal candidates

26 November 2015

The new St John of God Midland Public Hospital opened this week in Perth, Western Australia.

Remote mothers take control of drinking during pregnancy

18 November 2015

Pregnant mothers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) have eliminated or reduced their intake of alcohol in a positive change of direction since the region was found to have the world's highest rates of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in findings published earlier this year.

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.

Invitation to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates of Edith Cowan University

10 November 2015

2015 marks the fourth anniversary of the establishment and recognition of Edith Cowan University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni and the unveiling of the 'Rock Solid Foundations' tribute.

Public Health Association WA Branch Awards 2015

6 November 2015

The Public Health Association of Australia, WA Branch (PHAA WA) Awards Program acknowledges the achievements and contributions of outstanding public health professionals and organisations that have shown a commitment to public health practice in Western Australia The PHAA WA invites nominations for the following categories: Community Award Aboriginal Health Award Early Career Award Post Graduate Award Awards comprise a framed certificate, a $50 book voucher and $50 towards the next PHAA annual membership and will be conferred with a citation at the PHAA WA Annual General Meeting. Nominations close at COB 18 November 2015.

Kitty combats rheumatic heart disease in Western Australia

5 November 2015

Kitty, a 12 year old girl from Kalumburu in far north Western Australia, was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in January 2015.

Midnight swims keeping Aboriginal teens out of trouble

4 November 2015

Fitzroy Crossing's public pool is being opened at midnight on welfare pay days in an effort to protect teenagers from alcohol-related abuse, and to prevent them from engaging in petty crime.

Tests for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be used in WA court system

4 November 2015

West Australian (WA) courts look set to be given access to screening for brain damage and developmental delays caused by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which could potentially change the outcome of cases.

Language a factor in Aboriginal obesity

2 November 2015

Australian Aboriginals who use their own language at home are less likely to be obese than those who speak only English.  University of Western Australia (UWA) research found those who spoke Noongar, Yindjibarndi, Nyangumarta or similar languages had a 27% chance of being obese compared to 34.1% for those who spoke only English.

WA Australian of the year finalists announced

21 October 2015

The 2016 Western Australian (WA) Australian of the Year finalists have been announced and include a Noongar Elder, Dr Robert Isaacs and pioneering Aboriginal educator, Professor Colleen Hayward, among others.  Professor Colleen Hayward, who has lead research and policy on Aboriginal education and health for over 30 years, is the daughter of WA's first Aboriginal school principal.

Family ties the key for Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Aboriginal mental health workers

12 October 2015

A specially-selected Aboriginal mental health team is using family and social networks to improve mental health services for Aboriginal people across the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia (WA).

New campaign to target sugary soft drinks

12 October 2015

An ad campaign from the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation and West Australian Health Department that aims to reduce Australians' daily intake of high sugar content soft drink is being rolled out in Victoria.

Broome's big buddas put the muscle on Indigenous obesity

9 October 2015

Aboriginal men in Broome, Western Australia, have shown that high rates of Indigenous obesity can be turned around with a bit of sweaty, hard work.

Veterinary students to provide care to remote camp dogs

8 October 2015

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health had funded a group of Murdoch University veterinary students to travel to the remote One Arm Point community, north of Broome, to surgically desex dogs brought in from local communities, in a bid to control numbers and reduce the risks of residents contracting skin diseases and parasite-related illnesses.

WA prison skills program changing lives as Government seeks new approach to Aboriginal incarceration rates

8 October 2015

A West Australian charity is changing prisoners' lives and saving taxpayers millions of dollars by taking a fresh approach to keeping Aboriginal inmates out of jail.

Western Australia announces $3.1m plan to tackle family violence in the Kimberley

6 October 2015

The Western Australian (WA) government has announced a $3.1m plan to tackle high levels of family violence in the Kimberley, including an extra $1.9m for teams of police and child protection workers to 'reset' remote Aboriginal communities with 'unacceptable' levels of violence.

Using the Australian bush to improve Indigenous mental health in the Kimberley

5 October 2015

The healing potential of wild landscapes is being used to counter the impact of the history of colonisation on Indigenous mental health in the Kimberley, Western Australia.

Applications are now open for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) postgraduate scholarship

2 October 2015

Applications are now open for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) postgraduate scholarship.

Global plans for native Kimberley super fruit

1 October 2015

Plans to globally market a Kimberley, Western Australian, grown native super fruit are ripe for the picking – 10 years after a gubinge plantation was first trialled in the region, 180km south of Broome.  The horticulture test at the Bidyadanga Aboriginal community, which saw four hundred seedlings planted into the ground a decade ago, has been so successful, a program is under way to expand the operation with the ultimate hope of commercialising the enterprise to create local jobs and drive economic sustainability.  The gubinge is a traditionally important native fruit with very high concentrates of vitamin C and antioxidants and now their extracts are in demand internationally as a nutraceutical and ingredient for cosmetics.

New project to provide continued support to manage desert country

29 September 2015

A new project will support continued management of the West Australian (WA) desert country across the Indigenous protected areas (IPAs) of Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra.

Coordinating cancer care – linking the country and city

24 September 2015

For people diagnosed with cancer in Western Australia (WA), the cancer care pathway can be complex to navigate.

Grassroots fencing project brings slice of station life to remote east Kimberley community

23 September 2015

A grassroots fencing project is bringing a slice of station life to a remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia's east Kimberley.

Concerns that new law could lead to rise in incarceration in Western Australia

22 September 2015

A Bill that passed the Western Australian (WA) Legislative Assembly this week could have a disastrous impact on Indigenous young people, says organisation Amnesty International.

Public sector excellence to be rewarded

22 September 2015

Twenty finalists have been named in the 2015 Western Australian (WA) Premier’s awards for excellence in public sector management.

Neonatal program helped Indigenous mums

22 September 2015

A maternity program using Aboriginal grandmothers led to greatly improved health outcomes for Indigenous mothers and their babies.

Diabetes WA invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to register their interest for training in the DESMOND program in 2016

22 September 2015

Diabetes WA are currently carrying out a trial of the Diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed, (DESMOND) and would love to have the involvement and input of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.

Second National partnership agreement on Indigenous early childhood development report released

17 September 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released their second annual report for the National partnership agreement on Indigenous early childhood development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health expert presents at ECU West Australian Lecture Series

16 September 2015

Dr Mick Adams, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, will give a public lecture as part of Edith Cowan University's West Australian (WA) Lecture Series.

WA football's Indigenous pioneer Jimmy Melbourne honoured nearly 80 years after death

14 September 2015

Jimmy Melbourne was an immensely talented footballer, a World War I veteran and a pioneer.

Western Australia passes bill to recognise Aboriginal people

14 September 2015

A bill to officially recognise Aboriginal people in the West Australian (WA) constitution has passed through state parliament.

Mandurah police cadet named student of the year

10 September 2015

A Mandurah student has taken out top honours at this year’s Western Australian Training Awards, walking away as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

EOI Interim Chairs and members for WA Health Service Boards

10 September 2015

The Western Australian Government is implementing reforms to the governance of the WA Health system that will result in the establishment of the State’s Health Services as separate statutory authorities and the introduction of new health service boards of governance from 1 July 2016.

Make smoking history new web resource for community services in Western Australia

9 September 2015

Cancer Council Western Australia have launched their new web resource, Make smoking history: for community services, which provides information and support for people who work with at-risk groups to start the conversation on quitting smoking.

Funding dream come true for mentoring project

8 September 2015

True Blue Dreaming Inc.

GovHack 2015: Online map of Indigenous stories among winning WA projects

7 September 2015

Four teams from Western Australia (WA) have scooped up national awards as part of GovHack 2015, a government-supported open data initiative.

PAMSWA Baseline Survey Evaluation Report

3 September 2015

The Preventing Aboriginal maternal smoking WA (PAMSWA) project was established in June 2015 and involved the development of an online portal and yarning place to provide coordinated access to information, resources, tools and training on preventing maternal tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Western Australia (WA).

A large return on investment in the Western Desert

3 September 2015

A recent study found that the Martu people in the Western Desert of Western Australia have seen transformative change through the ranger and other on-country programs run by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.

Jurruru traditional owners celebrate native title determination after 15-year wait

2 September 2015

Traditional land owners in the south west Pilbara region of Western Australia are celebrating the legal recognition of their land and culture after a Federal Court ruling.

IndigifestOZ film festival: Indigenous culture showcased in WA event

27 August 2015

When Western Australian (WA) writer and director Dennis Simmons joined the first ever all-Aboriginal team to compete in the Rottnest Channel Swim, he knew it was history in the making.

Researchers work to preserve richness of Indigenous languages

25 August 2015

Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis is documenting her native language to help preserve Indigenous verbal arts and ensure it's not lost to future generations.

Strong culture small grant applications open now

25 August 2015

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) small grant applications are now open.

WA Aboriginal legal service cuts reversed for Karratha, Roebourne courts

25 August 2015

The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) has reversed it decision last week to withdraw its services from the Karratha and Roebourne courts, following talks with its sole funder.

Highest dementia in the world in remote Aboriginal communities

24 August 2015

Research by the Centre for Health and Ageing at The University of Western Australia (UWA) has confirmed that the incidence of dementia in remote Aboriginal communities is the highest in the world, with head injuries and age the greatest contributing factors.

Indigenous Marathon Foundation Warrior fun run

24 August 2015

The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) will be holding its inaugural Warrior fun run on Sunday 6 September 2015. It’s a family-friendly event for everyone to get in, with 5km and 10km distances on offer, and a celebration of Indigenous culture through music, dance and traditional warrior markings on offer for all participants.

Action welcomed on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

21 August 2015

The Telethon Kids Institute has welcomed the expansion of clinical services for young people with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Not for profits urged to adopt new strategies for Aboriginal child welfare

19 August 2015

A landmark report into the lives and welfare of young Aboriginal children in Western Australia (WA) has urged community organisations to develop new and innovative approaches to help improve their future wellbeing.

Men's heart failure yarning session

19 August 2015

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is trying a new tactic in tackling heart disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Dockers' high flyer Michael Walters hopes to tackle Indigenous suicide problem

18 August 2015

One of the most prolific goal scorers in the Australian Football League (AFL), Michael Walters, has another grand ambition even more challenging than winning the Premiership.

Mobile community justice centre proposed to help address FASD in Kimberley, WA

17 August 2015

A mobile community justice centre has been proposed as an urgently needed circuit breaker to help address Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) related problems in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

New program to help Aboriginal mothers aims to prevent new Stolen Generation

6 August 2015

A new program will begin this month encouraging pregnant Aboriginal women in Western Australia's Pilbara, to bond with their children while still in the womb to prevent neglect and abuse.

Some Aboriginal children in WA prefer detention than home: Chief Justice

5 August 2015

Aboriginal children in remote communities see detention 'as a better place to be' because they can escape cycles of abuse and get fed, according to Western Australia's (WA) top judge.

Expression of Interest for Quitskills training South Hedland

4 August 2015

Cancer Council South Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Prevention Team have received funding to continue delivering the Quitskills program in 2015/16.

Learn 40 Aboriginal hand signs used to communicate across Western Australia’s desert

30 July 2015

With its rough terrain and harsh climate, the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia can be a challenging place to live.

Tuberculosis active in Western Australia's Kimberley region, but health expert says risk is very low

29 July 2015

Testing for tuberculosis (TB) in a Kimberley community has raised concerns for locals, but a health expert says it's a sign of why Australia has relatively low rates of the disease.

$2.5 million to keep RFDS flying high in WA

28 July 2015

Western Australians will have greater access to medical services where ever they live or travel in the state with the Abbott Government to support the purchase of a new aeroplane for the Western Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA RFDS).

Transferring knowledge to the new primary health networks

27 July 2015

For five years the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) has managed, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, Stream 2 of the Rural health education program (RHCE2).

Australia Post announces One Netball Community award winners

21 July 2015

The 2015 Australia Post One netball community award winners were announced yesterday and included the following individuals, clubs and associations among others: Rusty Hazel - an individual award for supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander netball community through the Woola Woola Koolankas in Balga, Western Australia.

Plan to give first-time offenders in Western Australia a chance to avoid criminal charges

21 July 2015

A plan to give first-time offenders in Western Australia (WA) a chance to avoid criminal charges, the first of its kind in Australia, has been unveiled by WA Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callaghan.

Suicide prevention training for Bunbury Aboriginal Health Workers

20 July 2015

Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation has accessed funds from the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia to educate Aboriginal Health Workers to become trainers in SafeTALK and Applied suicide intervention skills training.

'Interventionist' welfare card that bans purchase of alcohol gains backing of Kununurra Aboriginal leaders

20 July 2015

Aboriginal leaders in the East Kimberley, of Western Australia (WA), are backing the Government's 'interventionist' approach to welfare, with strong support for a debit card that bans the buying of alcohol.

Student vets helping to improve dog health in outback Western Australia

20 July 2015

Student vets from Murdoch University in Western Australia (WA) are volunteering their time, and heading to outback WA to tackle the high number of aggressive and neglected dogs in some of the most remote communities in the state.

Storylines exhibition explores WA Indigenous history through photographs

15 July 2015

The Koort, Karlup, Kaartdijin: Heart, Home and Story exhibition has been launched at the State Library of Western Australia to coincide with NAIDOC Week.

Healthy relationship

15 July 2015

St John of God Midland Public Hospital, Western Australia, launched its Aboriginal health strategy during its NAIDOC Week celebration last week when it welcomed Aboriginal Elders and the wider community into the hospital.

Embracing our culture: Johnson

13 July 2015

It’s not often the Fremantle Docker offices are filled with children’s laughter and excitement but last Wednesday afternoon the club was treated to a visit from some special visitors as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations.

Indigenous program gets $10k

10 July 2015

A North Fremantle, Western Australian, Indigenous program has been given a $10,000 grant.

Kimberley Indigenous community 'devastated' after camels killed with arrows

9 July 2015

The three camels belonging to a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley have been found dead from gunshot and arrow wounds, leaving Elders 'devastated'.

Simplifying diagnosis of diabetes in remote Indigenous settings

7 July 2015

Researchers have found a way of simplifying the diagnosis of diabetes in Indigenous Australians living in remote health care settings, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Western Australia to introduce the Custody notification service and other correctional reforms

30 June 2015

The Custody notification service (CNS), a legal advice and 'RU OK' phone line service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taken into police custody in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is soon to be rolled out in Western Australia (WA), among other correctional reforms.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet launches new portal to tackle Aboriginal maternal smoking in WA

29 June 2015

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, has partnered with Curtin University, the Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit and Healthway for the launch today of a new online portal supporting the prevention of tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal women in Western Australia (WA).

No-grog cashless welfare card trial set for WA’s north

29 June 2015

A cashless welfare care which stops recipients from buying alcohol or gambling could be trialled in towns such as Kununurra and Halls Creek, Western Australia (WA) within a year.

Indigenous cattlemen complete pastoral skills course in the Kimberley

23 June 2015

A group of Indigenous cattlemen have completed a five-week pastoral skills course in Western Australia's (WA) remote east Kimberley.

Let's talk cancer prevention and living with cancer

22 June 2015

The Let’s talk news is a e-bulletin developed by Cancer Council Western Australia to share on-the-spot news and information about cancer prevention, screening, early detection, treatment, and support for Aboriginal West Australians.

New bid to tackle rheumatic heart disease rates

22 June 2015

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has joined acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in becoming a notifiable condition in Western Australia (WA), in a bid to reduce its impact on remote Indigenous communities.

Urgent action needed to tackle ear disease in Indigenous children

16 June 2015

The recipient of an inaugural award to recognise his outstanding contribution to closing the Indigenous health gap is urging the Federal Government to recognise hearing loss in Indigenous children as a serious problem that needs immediate action.

Aboriginal community relations officer program could be rolled out across WA: Police Minister Liza Harvey

15 June 2015

Western Australia's (WA) Police Minister has backed calls for a trial of new Aboriginal police relations officers to be extended around the state.

Mid-west, Goldfields' Indigenous communities await WA Government's advisory councils

11 June 2015

The Minister for Child Protection says remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia's mid-west and Goldfields will eventually have advisory councils to guide them through reforms of services and infrastructure.

Amnesty report shows WA Aboriginal children 53 times more likely to be jailed than peers

11 June 2015

A report released this week by Amnesty International shows that Western Australia (WA) has the highest rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in detention in Australia.

Double celebration as wife follows husband

10 June 2015

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove's glowing tribute to 717 of the nation's finest people acknowledged for their contributions to the country in the Queens's Birthday Honours list, included West Australian Teresa Isaacs, who is honoured for more than 40 years dedicated to bringing together Aboriginal culture and Western medicine.

AHCWA welcome release of report into Aboriginal health programs

10 June 2015

Western Australia's (WA) peak Aboriginal health organisation has welcomed the release of a review into the performance of Aboriginal health programs, but says it still has some questions the State government needs to answer.

More women taking on ranger jobs on Martu country

10 June 2015

For the first time, the Martu people have a permanent women's ranger team based at Parnngurr in the Western Desert region of Western Australia.

WA Government funding new program to keep Indigenous children out of jail

9 June 2015

The West Australian (WA) State Government will spend more than half a million dollars on an early intervention program to keep young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders out of jail.

History-making windfall set 'new direction' for Aboriginal Legal Service of WA

9 June 2015

Half a million dollars in state funding for the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) will not just make history, the not-for-profit says - it might change the future.

EON receives renewed support from the Bass Family Foundation

8 June 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation has received renewed funding support from the Bass Family Foundation for 2015-16.

Aboriginal rights in focus

8 June 2015

The Mid West Ports Authority used National Reconciliation Week to launch its Reflect reconciliation — only the second ports authority in Australia to do so.

Rangelands NRM WA secures National Landcare programme funding

8 June 2015

Rangelands NRM Western Australia (WA) has received Australian Government funding to 2018 which will support the delivery of a number of projects under the National Landcare programme (NLP).

Children 'safer on the street' avoiding family members using ice, forum told

4 June 2015

Children wait on the streets until 2am for family members using ice to leave so they can slip back inside and go to sleep, a regional Western Australian (WA) drug forum has heard.

TAFE Western Aboriginal Elder of the year Albert Ryan a family man

2 June 2015

Having a patient's family involved in the medical process is a key to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, according to TAFE Western's Aboriginal Elder of the year.

Noongar Elder Robert Isaacs named Western Australian of the Year

2 June 2015

An Aboriginal Elder who has dedicated the last 50 years to improving the lives of Indigenous people has been named Western Australian of the Year.

Oceania tobacco control conference 2015 - Healthway capacity building scholarships available

2 June 2015

Healthway is offering a special capacity building opportunity in the form of scholarships for people based in regional Western Australia (WA) who are working in a field related to health promotion to attend the Oceania tobacco control conference in Perth in October 2015.

Pastoralists and Indigenous rangers unite to protect Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

27 May 2015

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) teamed up last month with the Wungurr Rangers and pastoralists in the north-west Kimberley, Western Australia, in an effort to protect the habitat of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

Funding for Aboriginal centre

26 May 2015

Northam has landed $2.1 million to build an Aboriginal cultural and environmental centre in the heart of the Avon Valley, Western Australia, The Shire of Northam successfully bid for the Federal funding in the first round of the National stronger regions fund last week. The windfall will pay for 50% of the project and the Shire is seeking funding elsewhere to reduce the final cost to ratepayers.

Overhaul for Indigenous spending

20 May 2015

Major reforms to the way services are to be provided to Indigenous communities have been announced by the Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett.

Pilbara Aboriginal community gives go ahead to new heart health program

20 May 2015

The Heart Foundation WA and Chevron Australia have announced the development of an Aboriginal heart health program in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), after resounding support from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and the broader community.

Spotlight on North West ice scourge

19 May 2015

Health experts say children as young as 12 years old, are becoming regular 'ice' users after an explosion in the drug's availability and popularity throughout northern Western Australia (WA).

$26 million suicide prevention strategy aimed at Aboriginal children

19 May 2015

The Western Australian Government has funded a $26 million suicide prevention strategy that will target Aboriginal children.

Kimberley dental team founder Jan Owen claims WA Volunteer of the Year award

18 May 2015

The co-founder of an organisation dedicated to improving the dental health of children in Western Australia's (WA) remote Kimberley has received a West Australian Volunteer of the Year award.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

Water in remote WA communities found to be unsafe

11 May 2015

Eighty per cent of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA), whose essential services are delivered under a state-run program, failed water safety tests by testing positive for Escherichia coli or Naegleria.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Celebrate Indigenous health achievements

8 May 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

Spinifex people return to country for conservation planning

7 May 2015

The Spinifex Land Management ranger team joined community members from Tjuntjuntjara last month on a return to country trip on Spinifex Country, part of the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia.

Warmun Indigenous community turns to crowdfunding to protect Gija language

7 May 2015

An Indigenous community in Western Australia (WA) has turned to crowdfunding to help protect its critically endangered language.

At-risk Indigenous youth program funding altered after WA review finds some ineffective

6 May 2015

The West Australian Government says it will only fund long-term, well-planned programs for at-risk Indigenous youth after a review found the current system was ineffective.

Home-grown Derby girl to be town's first Aboriginal doctor

5 May 2015

Vinka Barunga is a proud Worara woman, determined to be the first Aboriginal doctor in her community - but definitely not the last.

Aboriginal community safety - Open space forum

4 May 2015

In March this year, the Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA) partnered with the North Metropolitan Public Health Unit to host the Aboriginal Community Open space forum in Mirrabooka, Western Australia.

Pilbara mobs share experiences of pathways to sustainable ranger groups

1 May 2015

Over 45 people, including more than 40 traditional owners and Aboriginal land managers from the Pilbara region in Western Australia (WA), gathered last month on Ngarluma Country for a forum to share stories and information about the important steps in considering the formation of ranger programs to strengthen caring for country activities.

AMSSU leads successful health promotion course in Broome

30 April 2015

Last month, the Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit (AMSSU) partnered with Curtin University to deliver a five-day Health promotion short course and Follow up course to a mix of health workers.

Kimberley healing

29 April 2015

Australia is one of the most medically-advanced nations in the world, yet the health of Indigenous Australians still lags behind.

Quitskills smoking cessation training for Indigenous smoking

29 April 2015

The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit (AMSSU) are sponsoring Quit South Australia to deliver their 3-day Quitskills 'Smoking cessation training for tackling Indigenous smoking' in Western Australia.

Fighter in the face of tragedy

28 April 2015

Neil Coyne has had to overcome adversity in his early life to become Western Australia's (WA) first Aboriginal pro-wrestler, know as N C Viper.

Program to improve WA's regional medical services falls short of GP targets, report finds

24 April 2015

An auditor-general report into a $183-million program to improve medical services in regional Western Australia (WA) finds it has fallen short of meeting GP targets, but has improved healthcare overall.

State of imprisonment: lopsided incarceration rates blight West

20 April 2015

The imprisonment rate in Western Australia (WA) has historically been high, second only to the Northern Territory.

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Bringing the gift of better health

16 April 2015

When artist Patrick Tjungurrayi got sick with kidney disease, he said he would rather die in his own country than be sick in someone else’s. This declaration made by the respected Western Desert artist, who had spent several years working with historian John Carty, who today is launching a book about Tjungurrayi's life.  His painting career has been only the latest chapter in an extraordinary life: two decades as a desert nomad with no white contact, another two as mission resident, then pioneer of the homelands movement that saw Western Desert peoples return to their country.

Asbestos audit of Aboriginal community houses to be widened

15 April 2015

Western Australia's (WA) Minister for Housing has assured Aboriginal communities concerned about asbestos buildings that an audit will be underway soon.

Sustainable garden workshop a success in Bega

14 April 2015

Bega Garnibirringu Health Services commissioned Dr David de Vries to run a sustainable garden workshop in Bega, Western Australia (WA), earlier this year.

Yawuru runner completes North Pole Marathon

14 April 2015

The first Indigenous Australian to compete in the infamously tough North Pole Marathon has completed the race.

Broome runner to become first Indigenous Australian to tackle North Pole marathon

7 April 2015

Adrian Dodson-Shaw, a marathon runner from Broome, Western Australia, is set to become the first Indigenous Australian to set foot on the North Pole and tackle one of the of world's most gruelling challenges the North Pole marathon.

The first ever Marja series

3 April 2015

A new program was launched by the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation on 15 March at Leighton Beach, in Western Australia.

Every Australian should know some Indigenous words

30 March 2015

Noongar singer and songwriter, Gina Williams thinks every Australian should know some Indigenous words.

Perth 2015 Cancer education course for Aboriginal health professionals

26 March 2015

The Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) is now calling for applications for the 2015 Cancer education course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals across metro, rural and regional WA.

Productive jobs breathe life into desert outposts

24 March 2015

With remote communities under the spotlight recently with threats of closures, one Pilbara group has shown that their programs in desert communities are saving the Western Australian (WA) Government millions of dollars while getting Aboriginal people working and giving children a healthy path to follow.

EON Foundation conducting research in the Pilbara

17 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides assistance to Aboriginal individuals and communities in Western Australia (WA), is conducting research in the Pilbara later this month.

Broome residents take heart for important health cause

13 March 2015

The WA RHD control program, based in the Kimberley Population Health Unit in Broome, Western Australia (WA) hosted an outdoor film night in its township to raise awareness about rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

Snapshot of the EON Foundation's Thriving communities program

13 March 2015

The Edge of Nowhere (EON) Foundation's Thriving communities program is now being delivered to 16 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, 13 across the Kimberley region, and three in the Pilbara.

WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015–2030 launched

12 March 2015

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health has launched its new WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030, aimed at shaping and guiding how WA Health and other agencies approach Aboriginal health for the next 15 years.

Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation training program launched

9 March 2015

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) is launching a new training program across Western Australia (WA) aimed at improving immunisation rates for Aboriginal children.

WA Chief Justice calls for re-think on jail of fine defaulters

5 March 2015

Western Australia's (WA) highest-ranking judicial officer has called for the consideration of alternatives to jail for people who don't pay off fines.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey to gauge WA Indigenous views

27 February 2015

Researchers will be on the ground in regional Western Australia (WA) over the coming weeks, putting together a snapshot of the lifestyles and views of Aboriginal Australians.

Community groups unite to weed endangered Kimberley ecosystem

27 February 2015

A collaboration to manage weeds threatening the endangered monsoon vine thickets of Cape Leveque, in the Kimberley region of West Australia, is bearing fruit.

Indigenous ranger training program kicks off for Ngadju nation in Western Australia

26 February 2015

After four years of planning, 19 Indigenous rangers from the Ngadju nation in Western Australia, have begun their first training program to help conserve country.

June Oscar wants alcohol restrictions to stay

26 February 2015

A leading community worker in Western Australia says she would not like to see alcohol restrictions removed in the Kimberley, even if the number of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder cases falls.

Report released: Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in WA

23 February 2015

The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health has released a report which draws on research looking at disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians (WA) in cardiovascular health and health care.

LGBTI Indigenous people offered a rainbow to follow

20 February 2015

Dameyon Bonson says as a young gay Indigenous man, growing up in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, he desperately needed a role model.

West Coast and the Indigenous All Stars have named their 26-man squads for their clash on Friday

20 February 2015

The Eagles have named ten new faces for the clash at Medibank Stadium while the All Stars will feature six players who are yet to debut at Australian Football League (AFL) level.

NPFL partnership to 'tackle violence'

19 February 2015

The North Pilbara Football League (NPFL) wants to 'tackle violence' this upcoming season after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal Family Law Services (AFLS).

Making FASD history

18 February 2015

Researchers at Telethon Kids Institute are proud to be working alongside the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australian community to help make Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) history.

Closing the gap in Aboriginal kidney transplants

17 February 2015

A new model of care for kidney transplants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was awarded top honours at last year's 2014 WA Health Excellence awards.

Rottnest Channel swim 2015: First all-Aboriginal youth team from Kiara College set for physical, spiritual test

16 February 2015

A group of Year 12 students from Kiara College in Perth, Western Australia will be facing much more than just a physical test of strength when they swim to Rottnest Island.

Lung cancer still biggest killer

13 February 2015

The latest Cancer Registry report states lung cancer is still the most deadly type of cancer in Western Australia (WA), closely followed by prostrate and breast cancers.  The report reflects the continuing legacy of WA's once high smoking rates, which hovered around 40% in the 1980s, with lung cancer accounting for 788 of almost 4000 cancer related deaths in 2013.

Remote communities funding to continue for a time

12 February 2015

Remote communities in Western Australia (WA) will be funded into the next financial year, as the WA Government assesses which are viable long term.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal health forum

11 February 2015

Diabetes WA are now inviting organisations in WA who are working with Aboriginal communities in chronic disease prevention and management to apply to present their work at the 2015 Aboriginal Health forum.

Smoking causes 16 types of cancer

10 February 2015

On 8 February 2015, Making Smoking History launched its new, state-wide campaign '16 Cancers'.

Eye health initiatives in Western Australia encouraged to register for the National Framework progress report

10 February 2015

If your area is involved in eye health initiatives or projects, the Neurosciences and the Senses Health Network would like to hear from you.

Travel for treatment means months away

9 February 2015

Frank Clifton, from Albany, Western Australia has criticised the lack of facilities for kidney dialysis patients in the Albany region, saying it is forcing him to spend months away from his family while he attends treatment in Perth. The Albany dialysis service caters for 24 people and has no room for Mr Clifton who requires dialysis three times a week.

Alcohol bans have brought real and lasting benefits to towns

6 February 2015

The benefits of alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley town of Halls Creek, Western Australia, once likened to a war zone by medical staff at the hospital's emergency department, have been substantial and long-lasting, new research says.

Athletics for the outback program - Fitzroy Crossing

6 February 2015

The Athletics for the outback program aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the opportunity to participate in athletics and increase community ownership and management of athletics in Indigenous communities in Australia.

Children's watchdog lists kids' needs

5 February 2015

The Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People, Jenni Perkins, has released a snapshot of the barriers to good health that face Aboriginal children and young people in Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous All Stars to face West Coast Eagles

29 January 2015

The Australian Football League's (AFL) best Indigenous footballers will be on show at Perth's Medibank Stadium next month in a clash against the West Coast Eagles.

Diabetes WA - Strong culture: a road to good health small grants applications now open

29 January 2015

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) are pleased to announce applications are now open for small grants of between $500 and $3,000 for WA schools, youth centres, community groups or organisations to implement innovative diabetes prevention programs.

Oarsome efforts get recognition

28 January 2015

Curtin University Boat Club president, Cameron Thorn, has been awarded the President's Shield for his contribution to university sport in a volunteer role.

Consigning Fetal alcohol scourge to history

27 January 2015

In childhood, Tristan McCarthy, 15 years, was diagnosed with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Rangers undertake turtle monitoring in the Kimberley

23 January 2015

A ranger group from the Kimberley, Western Australia, undertook turtle monitoring as part of their ranger training late last year.

Road safety award for Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation's driving academy

23 January 2015

The Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation was the recipient of the Indigenous road safety award at the recent National road safety awards in Queensland, for their program, Red dirt driving academy.

Banks the top warrior

23 January 2015

Luke Banks has won the Warmun, Western Australia, festive season weight loss challenge, losing 10 kilograms (kg) and 18 centimetres (cm) from around his waist in eight weeks through healthy eating and cross fit-style boot camps.

Wunan Foundation gives boost to prospective home owners

21 January 2015

The Wunan Foundation in Kununurra, Western Australia's Kimberley, is heading a program aimed at supporting Indigenous families to buy their own home.

Rhys Wesser Shield

21 January 2015

The Western Australian (WA) Pirates Academy have beaten the New South Wales (NSW) Indigenous under-16s Young Achievers 22-16, to claim the Rhys Wesser Shield in their match held at Redfern Oval on Sunday.

Aboriginal women lead change to prevent high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome in remote Australia

21 January 2015

The Lililwan study, comprehensive data on the prevalence of Fetal alcohol syndrome in remote communities, was initiated by Aboriginal community leaders who, in 2009, invited researchers and clinicians to partner with them to provide data they could use to advocate for people living with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Camping trip puts focus on mental health

21 January 2015

Thirteen teenagers from the Derby and Mowanjum community, Western Australia, headed to Eco Beach Wilderness Resort for a luxury camping trip during the school holidays.The Escape youth camp, was the second led by the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Youth Centre, after receiving $7000 from the Mental Health Commission's One life suicide prevention small grants.

Fremantle Docker Michael Walters appointed WA's first suicide prevention ambassador

20 January 2015

Fremantle Dockers forward Michael Walters is appointed as Western Australia's first suicide prevention ambassador.

One in eight children has permanent damage in Fitzroy Crossing caused by mother's drinking

20 January 2015

One in eight children in remote Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia (WA), has permanent intellectual and physical damage - including facial deformities and memory loss - caused by their mother's drinking while pregnant.

Cyclone threat as tropical low threatens Kimberley

20 January 2015

The weather bureau says a tropical low tracking across Western Australia's Kimberley could develop into a cyclone in the next 24 hours.

EON Foundation urging support for expansion of successful community garden program

19 January 2015

A not-for-profit organisation that works to ensure thousands of Aboriginal children in remote communities can eat fresh fruit and vegetables is succeeding in closing Australia's health gap.

Martu addressing broad scale fires in the desert

19 January 2015

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), a Martu organisation working to build strong, sustainable communities, has been working with traditional owners in Western Australia to develop their capacity to address broad scale fires that have the potential to burn wildly across wide areas of the desert.

Derby meets challenge

19 January 2015

The finest players from Derby in Western Australia, stretched their muscles and channelled their minds into their biggest annual basketball challenge late last year.

Ex-offenders not using mental health services

19 January 2015

Ex-offenders in Western Australia may not be seeking out or receiving the mental health services they need, research suggests.

Pathway into dentistry, podiatry or medicine - apply now - Advanced diploma in medicine and Aboriginal health sciences, University of Western Australia

16 January 2015

Are you or do you know someone who is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner or enrolled nurse? Ever thought about being a Dentist, Podiatrist or Doctor? This 12 month preparatory course may be for you! If you do not have a university degree, are over 20 years of age, have some other relevant qualification, (such as a Cert IV or Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care), and have 2 years experience working in a health-related field, you may be eligible to enrol in an intensive 12 month preparatory course the Advanced diploma in medical and Aboriginal health sciences.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder cases in WA doubles

13 January 2015

The number of recorded cases of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Western Australia (WA) has doubled in the past 30 years, demonstrating improved awareness and diagnosis of the disorder within the community.

Sand to surf

13 January 2015

A group of 32 young women from remote Western Desert communities had the trip of a lifetime after taking a two-day bus trip to Perth, Western Australia, to be at the curtain-raiser for the finals of the Australian Women’s Softball Championships on Saturday.

WA health council stands up for remote communities

12 January 2015

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is spearheading a new campaign to highlight the benefits of remote Indigenous communities.

WA kidney transplant trial

12 January 2015

Western Australia (WA) researchers are trying to cut the number of kidney transplant patients who develop diabetic complications that can cause organ rejection.

Time to celebrate for new Aboriginal doctors-to-be

7 January 2015

An Aboriginal Enrolled Nurse and an Aboriginal Health Worker who were the very first students in the University of Western Australia's (UWA) Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences, have just been accepted into medicine.  Rhys Radcliffe (22) from Geraldton and Candice Rawson (24) an enrolled nurse to Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial hospitals, will begin training to become doctors this year.

Equity Trustees initiative supports Indigenous youth

6 January 2015

The Equity Trustees Foundation has announced a series of grants to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in out-of-home care.

Cricket's Indigenous team The Invincibles remembered for their crushing victories

11 December 2014

Not many Australians know about 'The Invincibles' - an Indigenous cricket team in the late 19th century which won most of the matches they played.

Keep Broome clean team welcomed into Aboriginal community

9 December 2014

The 'Keep Broome clean team,' organised through Facebook, has recently visited the Aboriginal community of One Mile, to assist local residents in cleaning up the town.

Kimberley land managers attend wildlife monitoring workshop

6 December 2014

A recent workshop in Darwin on biodiversity monitoring with motion detection cameras was well attended by Kimberley groups, including Damibimangari, Balanggarra and Yawuru Rangers, as well as Kimberley Land Council, Environs Kimberley and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Aerial observation skills taught for bushfire response

3 December 2014

Regional staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) recently completed an air observer's course in Exmouth, Western Australia.

Rheumatic heart disease at record rates in young Indigenous people

3 December 2014

RHD Australia, an initiative of Menzies School of Health Research, has called attention to the continuing major health problem of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), with some Indigenous communities recording the highest rates in the world.

Lions Eye Institute forging new partnerships to strengthen Indigenous eye health

2 December 2014

The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) is forging new partnerships with Diabetes WA and Aboriginal Medical Services in Perth and country WA, to drive improvements in Indigenous eye health.

Fire training underway for Ngadju members

1 December 2014

Ngadju members of the Dundas Rural Bushfire Brigade have been undertaking fire training as part of a component of the Malleefowl and invasive weed project.

Maari Ma Health campaigns against domestic violence

1 December 2014

A primary health worker at Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, in Western Australia, says members of the organisation have taken part in a march to raise awareness of violence against women.

Palmerston Association receives $12 million grant

27 November 2014

Mandurah, Western Australia (WA), will be better able to treat people with alcohol and other drug issues after a multi-million dollar funding boost was announced.

Job scheme to help Aboriginal offenders

25 November 2014

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Chairman, Andrew Forrest, hopes that a new deal which guarantees minimum-security Aboriginal prisoners jobs in the mining industry after they are released, will help hundreds of people find work and keep them out of jail.

Latest edition of Campfire released

24 November 2014

The Environmental Health Directorate has released the latest edition of Campfire, an electronic newsletter about Aboriginal environmental health in Western Australia (WA).

Kidney transplant success earns top award for RPH medical team

19 November 2014

A dramatic improvement in kidney transplant success rates in Aboriginal patients has earned Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) the prestigious Director General's Award in this year's WA Health Excellence Awards, for the Closing the gap in Aboriginal kidney transplants project.

Broome Aboriginal runner conquers New York marathon thanks to Robert de Castella program

17 November 2014

Twelve Indigenous Australians have just completed the world-famous New York marathon, thanks to a mentoring program run by Commonwealth Games legend Robert de Castella.

Community carer tops WA Seniors Awards

12 November 2014

For Maureen Angus, it is simple.

Pilbara sounds out mobile ear clinic

12 November 2014

A mobile ear health clinic has been launched by Minister for Health, Kim Hames, to provide care closer to home for thousands of Aboriginal children, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

Indigenous Elders call for caution over FASD

10 November 2014

Indigenous welfare groups and Elders have urged the Federal Government not to stigmatise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of moves to combat Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Pilbara documentary celebrates Aboriginal mothering traditions and lessons learned from raising bush babies

7 November 2014

A newly released documentary celebrating Aboriginal traditions around birthing and mothering in the Pilbara town of Roebourne, Western Australia, is part of a three year Murdoch University study, known as the TripleWrap project.

Former magistrate calls for more explicit sex education classes for Indigenous communities

6 November 2014

More explicit sexual education classes are needed, an Aboriginal sexual health forum has been told, with gonorrhoea rates among Indigenous people 39 times higher and chlamydia five times higher than the West Australian (WA) average.

Indigenous youth get say on Facebook

5 November 2014

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has tapped into Facebook to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people about their ideas for the future.

Fitzroy Crossing waits to hear of terrible toll on its 'grog babies'

29 October 2014

The Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, is bracing for bad news that it suspected all along - that up to one in four children suffers from Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a level far higher than previously reported in Australia and one of the world's highest recorded rates.

BHP's $20m Telethon gift

24 October 2014

BHP Billitton has made the biggest pledge to Telethon in its history, announcing on the eve of the appeal's weekend that it will put $4 million on the tally board to start proceedings.

GPs win mental health award

22 October 2014

Wheatbelt General Practitioner (GP) Network is the winner of the John Da Silva award for improved outcomes in Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing for 2014.

I heart my people: some stories from behind the scenes

21 October 2014

I heart my people is a three part documentary series on NITV following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals, including Stanley Ozie, Dr Sarah McEwan and Margaret Martin, all working in Western Australia (WA).

WA Bunuba woman to speak at Menzies Oration 2014

17 October 2014

Each year, Menzies School of Health Research holds its Oration as a public lecture to stimulate and challenge the Australian public on a topic which is related to their work in Indigenous, Global and Tropical Health.

Snake bite kills man in Western Australia

15 October 2014

With the weather warming up in Western Australia (WA), snake movement has become more prevalent.

Children get up close to sport stars

15 October 2014

The Wirrpanda Foundation sent 12 mentors to Onslow, Western Australia, last month as part of the Wirra Club program.

Walmajarri dictionary preserves culture

13 October 2014

The Walmajarri people of Western Australia have developed their own language dictionary detailing the local environment.

Angelika Dark, cancer survivor

13 October 2014

Young Western Australian (WA), Yamatji cancer survivor, Angelika Dark, is working towards her goals of becoming a digital artist and creating a game for people to play while in hospital.

New short stay hostel opens for Indigenous visitors to Derby

10 October 2014

The Minister for Housing, Bill Marmion, has officially opened a new $12 million short stay hostel for Aboriginal people visiting Derby, Western Australia.

Noongar Elders helping mental health services reach out to Perth community

10 October 2014

Irene and Albert McNamara tell yarns about their lives and experiences as Aboriginal Elders to help mental health service providers better understand Noongar people.

New evaluation paper: Quality improvement in practice: improving diabetes care and patient outcomes in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

10 October 2014

The management of chronic disease, including diabetes, is a central focus of most Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Australia.

On the 'two worlds' of Indigenous knowledge and Western science

9 October 2014

Current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical scientists have been urged to ensure their 'two worlds' of Indigenous knowledge and Western science converge across their professional lives, from high level research through to community health care.

Aboriginal playwright and composer Jimmy Chi on the strength to live with mental illness

8 October 2014

For Jimmy Chi of Broome, Western Australia, writing and composing gave him the strength to not just survive his own mental illness, but to also take on some of Australia's biggest issues and move the nation to a more sophisticated understanding of Aboriginal reconciliation.

Alcohol linked to birth complications

7 October 2014

A West Australian (WA) study has found children whose mothers have an alcohol problem are up to two and a half times more likely to have a poor birth outcome than those whose mothers don't have an alcohol diagnosis.

Coordinator and first field trip for fledgling Kimberley ranger group

7 October 2014

The Nyangamartu Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation has engaged a part time development coordinator to assist in the establishment of a ranger program to manage Nyangamartu country in the Ramsar 80 Mile Beach area in Western Australia (WA).

Healing Halls Creek

6 October 2014

Date posted: 6 October 2014 Halls Creek and the surrounding shire in the Kimberley district of Western Australia, is a town of great divides and pronounced inequalities for the wellbeing of Aboriginal people residing there.

Consultation with WA Indigenous children goes online

3 October 2014

The acting Commissioner for Children and Young People Jenni Perkins has released an online survey as part of her major consultation project with Western Australia's (WA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Meet four boys leaving everything behind for a shot at breaking the poverty cycle

26 September 2014

Date posted: 26 September 2014 For six months on idyllic Kangaroo Island off South Australia, four young Aboriginal men have been working and playing football.

'Virtual' ward rounds bring care closer to home for Broome patients

25 September 2014

Since April 2014, critical care consultants from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) have been able to see patients in the high dependency unit at Broome Hospital, as well as their cardiac monitors and other equipment through a portable video conference unit.

Ice sweeps through Kimberley Indigenous communities

23 September 2014

Health services and community members are raising the alarm over the high rates of methamphetamine use in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA), with reports teenagers as young as 15 years old are among the users.

Smarter than smoking young directors festival 2014

22 September 2014

More than 300 students from 12 schools in the Southern Metropolitan region of Western Australia, are creating anti-smoking television commercials aimed at positively influencing their peers.The schools involved are competing for the title of Best Television Commercial for 2014 in The smarter than smoking young directors' festival.

Apunipima set to shine in Perth

22 September 2014

Apunipima's Baby one program will be delivered to a national audience this week by Family Health Team Leader, Nie Sheehan and Maternal and Child Health Worker, Carina Denham.

Indigenous storybook

18 September 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) has now produced five WA Indigenous Storybooks, the most recent focussing on the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

New program to increase the number of Indigenous firefighters

16 September 2014

The Australian and Western Australian Governments have jointly launched a breakthrough program designed to increase the number of Indigenous firefighters.

Derby Indigenous hostel to offer range of support services

15 September 2014

The operators of a new Aboriginal hostel in Derby, Western Australia, say the facility will double as a support hub for clients.

Trialling DESMOND in Aboriginal communities

15 September 2014

Diabetes WA is trialling the Diabetes education self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed (DESMOND) program in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA).

Fitzroy Crossing women tackle alcohol scourge

10 September 2014

This article covers the positive work June Oscar has been involved in regarding alcohol consumption in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

New project offers hope to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides

9 September 2014

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health has welcomed funding by the Australian Government for a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project.

Indigenous work team lend a hand in the bush

5 September 2014

An Indigenous work team has come to the aid of Bush Heritage Australia in a conservation partnership which saw the four-man crew implement a substantial stream margin restoration project.

The remote service driving down domestic violence

4 September 2014

An East Kimberley facility which has helped reduce rates of domestic violence in the community by as much as 35% is now in the line for a prestigious national award.

PATS inquiry hears call for more specialists visits to Kimberley

4 September 2014

An Aboriginal medical service, in Broome, Western Australia (WA), has told a parliamentary inquiry into the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS), the inefficiencies outweigh the efficiencies.

Purchase of roadhouse to offer food security for remote Pilbara communities

3 September 2014

The remote Indigenous communities of Warralong and Irrungadji in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region, look set to secure cheaper fresh food, following the sale of the Nullagine Roadhouse.

Kimberley grog bans producing positive results

2 September 2014

Alcohol bans at two Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA) are producing positive results, WA Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron says.  The Looma and Pandanus Park communities requested to be made alcohol-free under Section 175 of the Liquor Control Act in 2011 and are among 18 Aboriginal communities in WA who have adopted the measures.  The restrictions were extended for another three years in May with Mr Waldron saying, on a recent visit, community leaders have reported a number of positive results, including improved school attendance.

New format for festival

1 September 2014

Basketball will take centre stage at the Garnduwa Festival this year, with the sporting event taking on a new format after 21 years.

The Indigenous yorgas sports academy program offers pathways for the future

27 August 2014

Newton Moore High School in Bunbury, Western Australia, started the Indigenous yorgas (Nyoongar word for 'girls') sporting program in 2009.

Fairbridge a path to employment

27 August 2014

Jaleel Olman, Brent Appleton and Cameron Thorne are among the 21 Indigenous apprentices using their talents to transform Saumarez Cottage in Fairbridge Village, in the south west of Western Australia, into accommodation for people under housing stress.

Ngadju visit Martu Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area

27 August 2014

Six Ngadju members of the Malleefowl and invasive weed project recently met with the Martu ranger team to experience Martu management practices at the Carnvarvon Range.

Bunbury Cancer Network eases patient journey

20 August 2014

In Bunbury, Western Australia (WA) the emotional and geographical journeys of cancer patients are being made easier with the Bunbury Cancer Network, an initiative led by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) in collaboration with St John of God Bunbury Hospital and Genesis Radio Therapy.

Kimberley girls perform traditional dances on the world stage

19 August 2014

Seven teenagers from the Kimberley in Western Australia, have had a remarkable week in the United States performing Nyoongar dances at the World Folk Festival in Utah.

Diabetes WA - Strong culture: a road to good health small grants applications now open

19 August 2014

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) are pleased to announce applications are now open for small grants of between $500 and $3,000 for WA schools, youth centres, community groups or organisations to implement innovative diabetes prevention programs.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice community reference group

14 August 2014

The Telethon Kids Institute are establishing a community reference group to work with their researchers on projects in the area of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and youth justice in Western Australia (WA).

Clontarf set records with Curtin rowing partnership

11 August 2014

Students from Clontarf Aboriginal College became the first all-Indigenous team to participate in the Rowing Western Australia (WA) all schools state championships, thanks to a new partnership with Curtin University's Addressing higher educational access disadvantage (AHEAD) program.

Indigenous caring for country practices improving local wildlife populations

11 August 2014

A new study published in Human Ecology has found that burnings conducted by Indigenous people when hunting have a positive effect on the local wildlife.

Diabetes Research Western Australia (WA) grants now open

7 August 2014

Diabetes Research WA is again offering two separate WA based diabetes research grants of $75,000.

Launch of the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook

1 August 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) have launched the 5th edition of the WA Indigenous storybook.

DRUMBEAT program improves mental health of WA prisoners

1 August 2014

An independent evaluation of an innovative program trialled in Western Australian prisons has found that group drumming combined with social and emotional wellbeing learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.

Water Corporation Indigenous employment strategy giving hope to young workers

29 July 2014

The Water Corporation, in Western Australia (WA), is experiencing significant success with their Indigenous employment program, seeing a 36% increase in Indigenous employment in the past 12 months.

PHAIWA running 'HealthySelfie' competition

21 July 2014

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is running a 'HealthySelfie' competition, aiming to showcase people across Western Australia (WA) taking part in healthy activities.

Caring for country project receives NAIDOC award

15 July 2014

A Caring for country project in the Kimberley has won a NAIDOC award for bringing together traditional Indigenous knowledge and modern science.

Alan Sambo is keen to see Indigenous footballers take on leadership roles on and off the field

15 July 2014

Alan Sambo, the newly appointed Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Brighton Seahawks say's he wants Indigenous footballer to take on leadership roles both on and off the football field.

Where are you on your health journey?

15 July 2014

To mark National Diabetes Week in Western Australia (WA) Diabetes WA aims to raise awareness of diabetes and its growing prevalence in WA communities.

Indigenous rangers caring for country at Millstream national park

14 July 2014

Indigenous rangers from the Ngurrawanna community teamed up with Yinjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Rangelands Natural Resource Management (NRM) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) for a project that aimed to eliminate date palms at Millstream national park in the Pilbara region.

Grieving Aboriginal way - Training for professionals working within Aboriginal communities

11 July 2014

Active Response Bereavement Outreach (ARBOR) is now taking bookings for their free - Grieving Aboriginal way training workshops.

Film documenting community's journey to health opens NAIDOC week

9 July 2014

A film documenting one of Australia's most remote Indigenous community's journey to health premièred at celebrations to mark the start of NAIDOC week.

BRAMS' healthy vision

7 July 2014

In 1978 with nothing but a vision and the help of volunteers dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Kimberley region, of Western Australia, the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) opened its doors.

Fresh chance for battling kids

4 July 2014

About 85% of the 250 students at South Hedland Primary School are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and many face health challenges that affect their ability to succeed at school and in life.

Juggling act for Anika

3 July 2014

ANIKA Gillespie juggles playing football, athletics and netball with her schoolwork.

New focus for Indigenous suicide prevention

2 July 2014

Mental health researchers say the rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice the rate of the rest of the Australian population, claimed reports from the recent Indigenous suicide rates roundtable, held in Perth, Western Australia.

Doctors inspire rural schools with medicine

23 June 2014

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Associations (AIDA) has visited Kununurra, in the north of Western Australia, to talk to students about future jobs.

Sexual health healing for remote Aboriginal communities

18 June 2014

Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, is part of an innovative national trial to reduce high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in remote Aboriginal communities.The study is an initiative to address a problem area for public health, with rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Goldfields Aboriginal population among the highest in the State.

Bill to recognise Indigenous people in WA introduced

16 June 2014

A bill to recognise Indigenous people in the West Australian (WA) constitution has been introduced this week by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer.

Group welcomes funding

12 June 2014

An aging water tank in the Wakathuni community, 20km out of Tom Price, Western Australia could soon be replaced thanks to $15 million in State Government funding for essential services in Aboriginal communities.

New study to investigate maternity provision for Aboriginal women

9 June 2014

A multi-faceted study led by a Murdoch University researcher will influence the way maternity services support Aboriginal women in Western Australia during pregnancy and birthing.

Rebuilding a life damaged by alcohol before birth

5 June 2014

Fitzroy Crossing was the epicentre of a 2007 coroner's inquest into the deaths of 22 people.

The hurdles of a life without a birth certificate

5 June 2014

Dr Paula Gerber, an Associate Professor at Monash University, is working on a research project looking at how many Indigenous people in the Northwest of Western Australia cope without a birth certificate.

Focus on eye health and diabetes in the Kimberley

29 May 2014

Health experts are meeting in Broome today, 29 May 2014, to discuss how to prevent blindness in a growing number of people with diabetes.

The inmate and the Superintendent: two very different Aboriginal lives

26 May 2014

Extremes of Aboriginal achievement and disadvantage can be found at the West Kimberley Regional Prison, purpose built for Indigenous inmates.

Project tackles communication disorders in rural settings

26 May 2014

The Missing voices project aims to examine the impact and extent of Aquired Communication Disorders (ACD) across Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal communities in Kalgoorlie, Albany, Perth, and Geraldton with sites to be confirmed in the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Drug Aware Ignite basketball scheme hailed a success by Armadale kids

22 May 2014

Like all teenagers, Michael Salisbury just wants to have fun on a Saturday night.

Perth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) professional forum

22 May 2014

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) commenced its professional networking forums in March 2014.

Bad taste day leaves a good feeling

22 May 2014

The staff at Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni (NTP) in Kalgoorlie-Boulder have to deal with the serious side of life every day.

Untapped football potential of north-west WA

20 May 2014

It has been described as the last frontier of untapped football talent - northern Western Australia (WA), where footy fields are often red dirt, and athletic ability abounds.

Bid to cut rheumatic heart disease rates

19 May 2014

Efforts are being made in Australia to reduce the high rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in remote Aboriginal communities and refugee groups.

Comedian Mary G talks about sex to Aboriginal youth in WA

12 May 2014

Young Aboriginal people in Western Australia (WA) are the target of a new WA Health sexual health campaign.

Tjuntjuntjara community bans alcohol

8 May 2014

The remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara, 550km east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia,has been declared a dry community.

West Kimberley jail praised for Indigenous quality of life

6 May 2014

A researcher looking at the quality of life of Indigenous prisoners says the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby is setting the benchmark.

Access to services challenge skin health in the North West

6 May 2014

A House of Representatives health committee has heard large distances and a shortage of health workers make good skin health a challenge in the Kimberley.

Last hurrah for inclusion program

5 May 2014

Representatives from Perth-based Inclusion WA travelled to Broome, Western Australia (WA) last week to hold the Broome Inclusive sport school holiday program with more than 100 youngsters making the most of the initiative.  Inclusion WA is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to enrich communities through the use of sport and recreation. They were supported by local agencies Youth Justice, Police and Citizens Youth Club, Hype and Marnja Jarndu.

Promoting water consumption in remote communities

1 May 2014

This year's Australian Health Promotion Scholarship recipient, Rochelle Tobin is working with the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and Diabetes WA to promote healthier beverage choices in two remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley.

Indigenous communities sign up to housing management agreements

29 April 2014

Almost 50 Western Australian Indigenous communities have signed up to a new housing management plan, which brings them into line with mainstream public housing tenancy arrangements under the West Australian (WA) Department of Housing.

Dance and drama therapy for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley

28 April 2014

An Aboriginal health agency in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, is plunging into a different method of therapy for their clients and staff with a series of workshops in dance, movement and theatre.

Spinifex community grows

28 April 2014

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) of the Western Desert is celebrating its 25th anniversary of incorporation this year.

Juvenile detention centres in WA considered for Indigenous jobs scheme

22 April 2014

Juvenile detention centres in Western Australia (WA) are being considered for mining magnate Andrew Forrest's federally funded scheme that trains Indigenous people for direct jobs.

Chairs bring fresh hope to sufferers

15 April 2014

Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a $56.3 million funding package to boost services for people suffering from chronic kidney disease in regional Western Australia.

Better training available for rural WA health professionals

14 April 2014

Health professionals and students in rural and remote Western Australia (WA) are set to receive better training opportunities with the opening of a simulation training and education (EdSIM) centre in Geraldton.

Fears derelict Fitzroy Valley buildings an asbestos risk to kids

10 April 2014

A Kimberley Aboriginal community is hoping the building of new houses will prompt a decision to have asbestos-ridden buildings demolished.

Youth Justice Board to develop strategies to steer youth from crime

8 April 2014

Community, business and academic leaders have been appointed to a Youth Justice Board that will review laws which apply to juvenile offenders and develop strategies to steer young people away from crime.

Major boost for health services in regional Western Australia

2 April 2014

People living in regional Western Australia (WA) will get a major boost in health and hospital services including kidney dialysis treatment, pathology and dental care under the Australian Government funding announced today.

'Home' is safe haven

1 April 2014

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton yesterday visited Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia to formally open the $1.8 million Yallinyu Wamu home, which is just metres away from the old 1970s hostel.

Wyndham leaders unite to tackle impact of drug use

27 March 2014

Local community leaders and organisations gathered in Wyndham, Western Australia, to seek joint support for tackling issues related to alcohol and other drugs.

Pre-sentence opportunity program expanded across Perth

25 March 2014

A court program to help more people enter alcohol treatment has now been expanded across the Perth metropolitan region.

Indigenous Western Australian prisoners to take part in land conservation project

25 March 2014

Two groups of prisoners from Greenough Regional Prison, near Geraldton in Western Australia (WA) are taking part in a land conservation project in the Greater Geraldton region.

Wirrpanda visit to bridge gap in Wagin

18 March 2014

Bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with sport will be the aim of the Wirrpanda Foundation, when it visits Wagin in and other Great Southern towns in Western Australia this week.

Rural Health West to celebrate 25 years of service

14 March 2014

Rural Health West, a not-for-profit agency which aims to improve the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Western Australian communities through the recruiting and retaining of a sustainable health workforce, is celebrating 25 years of service this Saturday 15 March.

Freo street doctor

14 March 2014

The Freo street doctor is a free mobile medical health service that is providing a visible, easily accessible and non-judgemental primary health care service to marginalised, disadvantaged and homeless people in the community.

Hostel bid for Aboriginal kids in crisis

12 March 2014

Indigenous leader Ted Wilkes has suggested that a coalition of Aboriginal agencies should be funded to set up and manage hostels for neglected children and rehabilitation centres for their parents.

Miss NAIDOC Perth 2014 applications now open

12 March 2014

The National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) are calling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 18 to 30 years old to take up the challenge to become Miss NAIDOC Perth 2014.

Concern about the high cost of fresh produce in remote communities

10 March 2014

There are serious concerns about the high costs of fresh produce in remote communities in Western Australia (WA), with the cost of fruit and vegetables in some of the state's Indigenous communities as much as three to four times more than supermarkets in Perth.

Healthy town planning guideline now online

10 March 2014

An online tool to help planners create cities and towns which allow and encourage West Australians to get more daily physical activity, thus improving health and well-being, is now available.

Call for action to close Aboriginal disadvantage

6 March 2014

WA's Indigenous person of the year, Ian Trust, says the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians will not be closed without 'radical' action.

Program treating chronic diseases in rural areas

3 March 2014

Healthcare professionals in Western Australia's south west have taken part in a pilot program to teach chronic illness management in regional and rural areas.

Pilbara and Kimberley to share in home and community care funding

24 February 2014

The Western Australian Government has announced a further $19 million in funding for the Home and community care (HACC) services program in WA.

Ted Wilkes honoured with Order of Australia award

29 January 2014

HealthInfoNet consultant and former Advisory Board member Associate Professor Ted Wilkes was recognised on January 26 for his dedication to fighting for a better quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Tackling cancer in Indigenous Australians

21 January 2014

Indigenous Australians continue to experience much poorer cancer outcomes, despite better cancer survival rates in the wider community. The University of Western Australia's (UWA) School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care is part of a national group that has received a five-year $2.5 million National Health and Medical Research Council grant to investigating different models of cancer treatment and how they could be used to boost Indigenous survival rates.

Awards recognise positive action on alcohol

8 January 2014

Western Australia's first Action on Alcohol Awards, organised by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY), was presented at Curtin University on 7 November 2013; recognising work completed across the state to reduce alcohol harm in young people.

Indigenous good news storybook launched

6 January 2014

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) launched the fourth edition of its Indigenous storybook in December 2013.

Pat Dudgeon wins IAHA lifetime achievement award

16 December 2013

Congratulations to Professor Pat Dudgeon, winner of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the achievements of an IAHA member who has demonstrated long standing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

Aboriginal Health Workers are ready to immunise

9 December 2013

Congratulations to five Aboriginal Health Workers who were awarded their certificates for successful completion of the pilot Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course.

Diabetes WA and Desert Feet Tour win creative partnerships award

28 November 2013

The Aboriginal health team at Diabetes WA in partnership with the Desert Feet Tour are the joint winners in the arts and health category of the Creative Partnerships Australia WA award.

WA Health award winners for 2013

26 November 2013

The winners of the WA Health Awards for 2013 were announced last week, celebrating the outstanding achievements of the WA health services.

Support arrives for those affected by road trauma

25 November 2013

Support for families affected by road trauma is now available with the opening of Road trauma support WA under the management of Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA).The state-wide, free service was recently opened by Acting Minister for Police and Road Safety, John Day.

Just released: Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013

20 November 2013

The Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013 is now freely available online from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

$10 million gift for University of WA for new Indigenous health centre

18 November 2013

The University of Western Australia (UWA), has received a generous donation of $10 million from freight magnate Greg Poche for a new centre for Indigenous health.

Geraldton nurse acknowledged in WA award

11 November 2013

Deborah McAdam a Geraldton nurse, has been acknowledged with this year’s Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Aboriginal Health.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis backs calls for 'no jab, no play' laws

6 November 2013

Professor Jonathan Carapetis, director of Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has backed calls for new laws in Western Australia (WA) that would ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres.

Tooth mob stop pain for Broome patients

5 November 2013

A group of volunteer dentists from the Charles Perkins Trust project recently spent two weeks in Broome, extracting teeth and doing dental checks for more than two hundred patients.

Indigenous dialysis patients return to the Kimberley after the roll-out of renal units

31 October 2013

More than 30 kidney dialysis patients have been able to return home to the Kimberley in Western Australia in recent months, with the roll-out of three new renal units.

Bega bandanas raise bucks for CanTeen

24 October 2013

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health centre Bega Garnbirringu in Boulder, Western Australia has held a fundraising event that raised more than $450 for cancer research.

Noongar songline gets new life with help of the next generation

18 October 2013

As a West Australian Noongar Elder and Prime Ministerial appointee to the Australian National Council on Drugs and National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, Professor Ted Wilkes has devoted his life to battling the damage alcohol and drugs have wrought across Indigenous communities.

Bega marks 30 years of service

16 October 2013

The town hall in Boulder, Western Australia was the scene of a celebration of three decades of Indigenous health care by Bega Garnbirringu on Saturday.

WA Health Conference and Awards

9 October 2013

The West Australian (WA) Health Conference is the highlight of the WA health industry calendar.

Ambassadors for aged care meet local groups

7 October 2013

Australian actress Noeline Brown and author Sue Pieters-Hawke shared their experience as aged care advocates with top health researchers and acting shire president Dr Anne Poelina during a trip to Broome last week.

Survey shows Indigenous people in remote WA communities ageing at quicker rate than others

4 October 2013

A survey has shown that Indigenous people living in Western Australia's Kimberley region are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.

Survey shows that Indigenous people in remote WA communities age at a quicker rate than others

3 October 2013

Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.

Should fetal alcohol spectrum disorder be classed a disability?

23 September 2013

Every day somewhere in Australia, a baby is born who will endure a lifetime of hardship because of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Hospitals join national pregnancy and RHD study

4 September 2013

Thirty-four hospitals in Western Australia (WA) are participating in the nation's most extensive study into rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in pregnancy.

Young leaders to advise on Indigenous healing

4 September 2013

A new youth-led initiative will support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a difference in their communities and achieve healing.

Eye camera helps ease pressure on Kimberley diabetes epidemic

27 August 2013

A new digital retinal screening camera is increasing the chances of early detection for any eye problems among diabetes patients in the West Kimberley.

Call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene

27 August 2013

Former AFL star turned Senate candidate David Wirrpanda has joined Bindi Irwin's call for federal legislation to encourage children's hygiene, including having soap in all school toilets.

Western Australia to sign on to DisabilityCare

5 August 2013

The whole country is now covered by the National disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare, with WA being the last state to come on board.

Supporting people with mental illness in Halls Creek

2 August 2013

People with severe mental illness in Halls Creek, Western Australia, will have greater access to support services and other practical assistance due to more than $1.5 million funding for Yura Yungi Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Central Kimberley water model crosses the cultural barrier

29 July 2013

An inter-disciplinary team has been developing a model to assess the likely ecological consequences of changing water-management practices in the central Kimberley.

Exercise as medicine in Indigenous health

29 July 2013

Edith Cowan University PhD candidate, Tuguy Esgin, believes using exercise as a form of medicine could help Indigenous Australians avoid a range of chronic diseases.

Increasing awareness of otitis media prevention messages in the Kimberley

9 July 2013

Over 100 children participated in soap making workshops held in Broome, Western Australia (WA) recently to promote the benefits of hand washing and good personal hygiene as a key prevention message for otitis media.

New website for WA Indigenous and remote community eye health

3 July 2013

A major new initiative to boost eye health care services throughout remote parts of Western Australia (WA) was launched in February 2013.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Indigenous ante/post-natal service wins national primary health award

20 June 2013

An innovative ante/post-natal service for young Indigenous women in Western Australia has won the team excellence award at the 2013 HESTA primary health care awards.

Indigenous woman recognised for distinguished service in health and social welfare programs

11 June 2013

Indigenous woman June Oscar has been appointed an officer in the Order of Australia for leading the campaign to successfully introduce restrictions on the sale of full strength take-away alcohol in Western Australia's Fitzroy valley.

Kimberley Dental Team on tour again

28 May 2013

The Kimberley Dental Team (KDT) will be operating two tours in the northern region of Western Australia (WA) this year, with the first starting this week and the next visit slated for August.

Surveys of regional and remote road users in WA

20 May 2013

Western Australia's Office of Road Safety is seeking to better understand vehicle use and requirements for regional and remote drivers, and to improve the usage rate of safer vehicles in regional and remote WA.

WA increases focus on efforts to keep people out of prison

14 May 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed moves by the Western Australian (WA) government towards a justice reinvestment approach to the criminal justice system.

Nominations for Healthier WA award are open

7 May 2013

Nominations for the Australian Medical Association of Western Australia (AMA WA) and Healthway Healthier WA award are now open to WA based organisations.

Summit called over suicides

2 May 2013

A Perth Aboriginal corporation has organised a 'crisis summit' for next month in response to what it says is an alarming sudden rise in Indigenous suicides during the past four months.

Fears cervical cancer checks falling behind

15 April 2013

Physical isolation and cultural differences are being blamed for pap smears rates in the Kimberley falling well below those in the rest of Western Australia.

New AIHW reports show some improvements in Aboriginal health

15 April 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a series of state-based reports providing the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants of health and health system performance.

Positive partnerships promote Aboriginal health

9 April 2013

Over 300 young Indigenous footballers, coaches, umpires, and trainers who participated in the 2013 Nicky Winmar Carnival last month have received health checks as part of a partnership between the Western Australian Health Department (WA Health) and the WA Football Commission (WAFC).

HealthInfoNet redesigns navigation on WA page

4 April 2013

Here at the HealthInfoNet we're always trying to improve our website to make it easier for our users to access the information they need.

Ernie Bridge

2 April 2013

Former Western Australian (WA) Labor MP Ernie Bridge, who was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, has died at the age of 76.

Broome visitors give new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease

29 March 2013

Leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, recently visited the town of Broome on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, along with over 50 other health professionals and medical students, to share an evening of information, discussion and new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).

WA Health invests in Indigenous employment programs

19 March 2013

Western Australian (WA) Health has partnered with leading employment service provider, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), to deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs.

FASD resource packs distributed across regional WA

13 March 2013

The West Australian Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, has unveiled a set of resources for health workers to use when trying to reduce rates of Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Indigenous communities.

First newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health in WA

27 February 2013

Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in Western Australia (WA) will gain more publicity for their achievements in the field, following the launch of WA's first dedicated newsletter for Aboriginal environmental health this week.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

Water infrastructure upgrade for Ardyaloon and other remote WA communities

15 February 2013

The federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs today announced $10 million in funding to improve the quality and security of water supplies in Ardyaloon and other remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA).

Housing development for elderly Pilbara Aboriginal people

13 February 2013

The Western Australian (WA) State Government has approved the conditional sale of unallocated Crown land in South Hedland following a proposal to develop nine one-bedroom units for elderly Aboriginal people in the Yinhawangka, Banyjima, and Nyiyaparli (IBN) Aboriginal communities.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

New mental health service for Aboriginal people in Perth metropolitan area

16 January 2013

The metropolitan-based Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SAMHS) has a new home after a $380,000 refurbishment of De Grey House at Graylands Hospital.

New family violence legal service planned for Perth

15 January 2013

The Western Australian (WA) Government will provide $600,000 a year for a metropolitan legal service for Indigenous victims of family violence, including victims of sexual abuse.

Pilbara physiotherapist receives Rotary Allied Health Professional of the Year Award for 2012

10 December 2012

A physiotherapist who has been working with remote communities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA) for 33 years has won one of WA's most prestigious health awards.

Low Aromatic Fuel Bill 2012 passed by the Senate; to move to House of Representatives

5 December 2012

On 27 November 2012, the Senate passed the Greens' Low Aromatic Fuel Bill, making the roll out of low aromatic fuel mandatory in parts of the Northern Territory (NT), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and Queensland (Qld).

ECU's Happy kids project shown to be a success

3 December 2012

A new project by researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australian (WA), has shown that 'at-risk' children are more likely to successfully transition to secondary school if they take part in support programs during upper primary school.

Book written by Indigenous financial counsellor helps readers manage their money

22 November 2012

A Kununurra financial counsellor has written a book to help people understand budgeting concepts by using comparisons to animal characteristics.

WA Health Awards 2012 winners announced

20 November 2012

The winners of the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012 were announced on 15 November 2012.

National Drug Research Institute releases report on alcohol supply in Central Australia

12 November 2012

The National Drug Research Institute has just released a new study on alcohol supply and control in Central Australia.

EON Foundation Director nominated as WA State Finalist in 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award

8 November 2012

Caroline de Mori, an Indigenous health advocate and founder of the Edge Of Nowhere (EON) Foundation Inc., has been nominated as a Western Australian (WA) State Finalist for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Award.

WA Sexual health forum and HealthInfoNet cafe, 7 November

6 November 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet are attending the WA Sexual health forum at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle, WA, on 7 November 2012.

HealthInfoNet cafe @ Local Drug Action Groups 2012 state conference in Perth

1 November 2012

The Local Drug Action Groups Inc.

Kimberley GP awarded RACGP General Practice Registrar of the Year Award 2012

31 October 2012

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) General Practice Registrar of the Year Award 2012 was awarded to Dr Catherine Engelke from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council (KAMSC) on Saturday 27 October.

Mary G touring WA Goldfields to promote 'No grog no drugs' message

25 October 2012

Mary G, the 'Queen of the Kimberley' is currently on a tour around the Goldfields towns of Western Australia (WA).

'Happy little ears' announced as finalist at the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012

23 October 2012

A culturally appropriate ear health promotion resource for parents and caregivers of Aboriginal children has been selected as a finalist in this year's Western Australian (WA) Health Awards.

New approach starting to 'close the gap' in Western Australian (WA) Indigenous health

22 October 2012

Health Minister, Kim Hames, has released results of the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) Closing the Gap National Partnership Agreement with the State Government, which provided $117.43 million to ‘close the gap' between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.

Western Australian Aboriginal community innovation grant recipients announced

22 October 2012

A total of $132,000 was recently awarded in funding towards innovative Indigenous health projects in Western Australia (WA).

BreastScreen WA's annual Picnic in the park for Indigenous women on tomorrow

22 October 2012

BreastScreen WA's Picnic in the park for Aboriginal women is happening tomorrow, Tuesday October 23, 2012.

UWA Indigenous students win Kimberley klub awards

18 October 2012

Three Indigenous students from the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) recently received awards from Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan's Kimberley klub program.

NPY Women's Council and WA's Yiriman project win major Indigenous governance awards

17 October 2012

One of Australia's oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations, the NPY Women's Council, and the West Kimberley youth program, Yiriman project, have won the 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGAs).

West Kimberley Regional Prison scheduled to open end of October 2012

10 October 2012

A new prison in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is scheduled to receive its first inmates on 22 October this year.

New Pilbara liquor restrictions now in place

8 October 2012

Liquor restrictions are being put in place in certain towns in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), following consideration of police evidence and public comments.

HealthInfoNet Director launches Diabetes WA Indigenous storybook

4 October 2012

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, helped launch a new Diabetes WA health promotion resource for Indigenous children on 4 October 2012.

Outstanding Indigenous health achievements honoured at this year's Deadlys

28 September 2012

A passionate Indigenous health worker from Queensland and a WA antenatal program took out coveted health awards at the 18th annual Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012.

Kalgoorlie Indigenous Visitors' Hostel now open to the public

25 September 2012

The construction of a new short stay accommodation facility in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA), has been completed and will soon give Indigenous people from the Eastern Goldfields region a safe place to stay when visiting Kalgoorlie.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

New Public Health Act for WA will improve conditions in Indigenous communities

7 September 2012

Western Australia's Health Minister, Kim Hames, has pledged to introduce a new Public Health Bill to WA Parliament before the end of 2012.

Culturally appropriate screening tool for Aboriginal Australians

6 September 2012

A screening tool assessing Indigenous mental health is being validated and will be ready for distribution across the country this year.

Standard on culturally secure practice in the AOD sector launched

4 September 2012

Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, launched the Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) [1st Ed.] on 28 August 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

First Indigenous environmental health university graduate for Western Australia

31 August 2012

Troy Hill is the very first Aboriginal person from Western Australia (WA) to graduate at a tertiary level in environmental health.

HealthInfoNet featured in the second edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook

29 August 2012

On Friday 24 August, the Hon Robyn McSweeney MLC, Minister for Communities, launched the second edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook.

New contracts awarded to AOD services in the Kimberley and Pilbara

29 August 2012

Eight new contracts have been awarded to alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley and Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Inaugural WA alcohol and other drug excellence award winners announced

21 August 2012

The inaugural Western Australian (WA) alcohol and other drug (AOD) excellence awards winners were recently announced by Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton.

Indigenous communities in WA tap into better drinking water

20 August 2012

Treatment equipment will be installed in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia's north to improve the quality of their drinking water.

Strong spirit strong mind metro campaign launched by Mental Health Minister

14 August 2012

On 5 August, the Minister for Mental Health launched the Strong spirit strong mind metro project campaign.

Broome art exhibition showcases the history of Indigenous Dampier Peninsula communities

13 August 2012

An exhibition of Indigenous art in Broome, Western Australia (WA), showcases the history of the Djarindjin-Lombadina community (near Beagle Bay).

Fire trailers will aid remote Indigenous communities in WA, SA

10 August 2012

Remote communities in the Kimberley, in Western Australia, and in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in South Australia, will have access to their own mobile fire fighting equipment for the first time.

Accor Hotels supports HealthInfoNet workshops in Western Australia

7 August 2012

The HealthInfoNet would like to acknowledge the support of Accor Hotels in providing reduced accommodation rates at the Mecure Broome and the All Seasons in Kununurra, Geraldton and Port Hedland.

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.

Major telehealth initiative will improve remote Indigenous access to healthcare

1 August 2012

A major project was launched yesterday (31 July 2012) that will improve access to health care for Indigenous people living in remote parts of the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) through the use of innovative technologies.

Places still available for upcoming HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

1 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Commemorating the life and work of WA Aboriginal elder Ned Cheedy

31 July 2012

The Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation of Roebourne has produced two videos which commemorate the life and work of the late Ned Cheedy, from the Yindjibarndi nation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Boodjari Yorga Program improves birth outcomes for Aboriginal women

18 July 2012

A program designed to reduce pregnancy and birth problems for Aboriginal women is breaking down cultural barriers and making important inroads into improving maternal and child health in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).

Department of Indigenous Affairs releases new strategic framework for 2012-2014

12 July 2012

The Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) recently released a new framework for its operation and policy for the next two years.

HealthInfoNet will run a cafe at the Rural Health West Aboriginal health conference

5 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet are attending the Rural Health West Aboriginal health conference in Perth, WA, this Saturday 7 July 2012.

Community of Cheeditha to become the 16th in north-west WA declared alcohol-free

4 July 2012

The community of Cheeditha is set to become the 16th in north-west Western Australia (WA) to be declared alcohol-free.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and Edith Cowan University celebrate NAIDOC week 2012

2 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be present at some of the activities held by Edith Cowan University (ECU) for NAIDOC week.

More resources sought to tackle child ear health in WA

28 June 2012

A state parliamentary committee says hearing loss in Aboriginal children is as bad as in third world countries.

HealthInfoNet attending the 1st Western Australian Aboriginal maternal and child health conference

27 June 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be attending the 1st Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal maternal and child health conference in Perth, WA, tomorrow 28 June.

Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA wins 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award

20 June 2012

Dr Fiona Skyring has been awarded the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award for her book titled Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.

Western Desert Sports carnival proves to be a success

20 June 2012

Indigenous communities recently gathered at Nullagine, in remote Western Australia (WA), for the first of three Western Desert Sports Council sports carnivals set for 2012.

Western Australian Department of Health's Aboriginal cadetship program proves a success

15 June 2012

The Western Australian (WA) Department of Health's Aboriginal cadetship program has proved so successful a second intake of cadets is being rolled out ahead of schedule.

Skywest supports HealthInfoNet workshops in Kalgoorlie, WA

11 June 2012

Skywest Airlines have generously provided return flights for two HealthInfoNet research staff between Perth and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA).

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol (NIDAC) conference underway tomorrow, 6 June

5 June 2012

The 2nd National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference is underway from tomorrow 6 June, 2012, at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, in Western Australia (WA).

New cancer support group for Indigenous people in Perth

18 May 2012

Indigenous people in Perth, Western Australia (WA), may be interested in a new cancer support group run by Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.

Western Australian Yabu Band promoting Indigenous wellbeing through songs

18 May 2012

The Yabu Band, formed by brothers Delson and Boyd Stokes, have created a powerful, unique desert rock sound.

Feedback welcome on draft on renal palliative care services in WA

16 May 2012

The Renal Health Network (RHN) has released a draft publication titled A pathway for renal palliative care services in Western Australia, and is seeking feedback on the document.

New treatment for chronic ear problems trialled in Perth

14 May 2012

Surgeons in Perth at the Fremantle Hospital and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are trialing a new procedure to treat chronic ear problems.

WA's newest police station opens in remote Indigenous community of Looma

14 May 2012

Western Australia's newest police station was officially opened on May 10, 2012, in Looma, Western Australia (WA).

Budget allocation for suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley

11 May 2012

An allocation of $1.5 million from the Federal Budget has been made towards the development of community-based suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

Grants available to fund innovative health programs for Indigenous Western Australians

10 May 2012

The Aboriginal Health Division of the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health is working in partnership with Indigenous communities and health service providers to ensure Indigenous people receive culturally appropriate health care.

Poor oral health found among preschool children in rural and remote Western Australia

10 May 2012

An article published in the journal Rural and Remote Health has shown findings of poor oral health among preschoolers in rural and remote Western Australia (WA).

Applications for Western Australian nursing and midwifery fellowships now open

9 May 2012

Applications are now open for six nursing and midwifery fellowships, offered by the Nursing and Midwifery Office of Western Australia's (WA) Department of Health.

Cancer Council WA is running courses on cancer education for Aboriginal Health Workers

9 May 2012

The Cancer Council of Western Australia (WA) is calling for applications for their metropolitan Cancer education course for Aboriginal health professionals.

Applications open for Criminal property confiscation grants program

9 May 2012

Attorney General Christian Porter launched the latest round of the Criminal property confiscation grants program on 2 May 2012.

Call for responses to inquiry into improving educational outcomes for Western Australians

8 May 2012

The Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee is currently undertaking a parliamentary inquiry into improving educational outcomes for Western Australians of all ages.

Widespread ear health issues among Aboriginal children

4 May 2012

The CEO of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre (TSH), Paul Higginbotham, says the high rates of middle ear disease in Aboriginal children have reached crisis point.

WA State Government offers re-compensation to stolen wages victims

3 May 2012

Indigenous Affairs Minister, Peter Collier, announced on 6 March 2012 that the Western Australian (WA) State Government would offer payment to eligible Aboriginal people who, in the past, were subjected to State-sanctioned financial controls.

Public feedback welcomed on proposed reforms of the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

2 May 2012

A discussion paper on the proposed reforms to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 in Western Australia (WA) was released on 1 May 2012 by the State Government.

Halo program continues to help young offenders transition into the community

1 May 2012

Danika Nayna from Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, recently visited the Joe Cooper Centre in Perth.

Pilbara youth inspires with dance and martial arts

30 April 2012

A 12-year-old dance and martial arts enthusiast from Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA), is the winner of the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People's 2012 Participate! Award.

Kimberley e-health record system sets successful precedent for Government initiative

26 April 2012

The Federal Government is preparing to roll out a new $470 million e-health initiative from 1 July 2012.

Indigenous drink driving licensing kit available for Western Australians

24 April 2012

The Office of Road Safety in Western Australia (WA), on behalf of the Road Safety Council, has created an educational resource to make the process of getting a driver's licence easier, and to spread the word about drink driving.

Aboriginal cadets carve a career in WA health

23 April 2012

Kickstarting her career and receiving a guaranteed income while she studied were reasons behind Naomi Smith's decision to undertake an Aboriginal cadetship with the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health.

WA anti-obesity body axed to save cash

20 April 2012

A task force set up to fight Western Australia's obesity crisis was axed just hours after the Barnett Government announced statewide budget cuts on Tuesday (17 April 2012).

Indigenous psychiatrist returns from studying intergenerational trauma overseas

20 April 2012

The nation's first Aboriginal psychiatrist, Professor Helen Milroy, has recently returned from a study tour of Israel looking at programs designed to tackle intergenerational trauma and disadvantage.

Broome licensees applying for Royalties for regions grant to manage alcohol sales

17 April 2012

Broome licensees will be applying for a grant of at least $75,000 through the Western Australian (WA) Royalties for regions program, the resultant funding of which will go towards implementing a trial of ID scanning technology to identify banned patrons and problem drinkers.

South Hedland Primary School celebrates Close the Gap Day

12 April 2012

South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.

New Indigenous traineeships for Perth's South Metro Area Health Service

11 April 2012

Numbers of Indigenous employees in Perth's South Metropolitan Area Health Service (SMAHS) will increase because of a new traineeship program launched last week.

Halo day program nominated for WA Community Services Excellence Awards

11 April 2012

The Halo Leadership Development Agency and its founder, Lee-Anne Smith, have been nominated in two different categories of the Western Australia Community Services Excellence (CSE) Awards.

New traineeships in Certificates II-IV in Indigenous primary health care in WA

10 April 2012

Aboriginal Health Workers in Western Australia (WA) will have access to more training options with the launch last month of three new primary health care (PHC) traineeships.

Boodjari Yorga women's expo a success

10 April 2012

Noongar women from around the Shire of Moora, Western Australia gathered together at the Population Health premises on 3 April 2012 for the first Boodjari Yorga expo.

Aboriginal women from throughout WA gather for Straight talk

4 April 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of all ages and backgrounds from across Western Australia (WA) met in Perth last week for Oxfam Australia's inaugural Straight talk regional gathering.

Latest Aboriginal environmental health news from WA's Goldfields

4 April 2012

The latest Indigenous environmental health news from Western Australia's Goldfields region was recently featured in the newsletter of the WA Environmental Health Directorate in this article by Robert Mullane: Serving the Goldfields' Communities During February, 3 ½ days was spent travelling to a number of Aboriginal communities and meeting with numerous agencies in the Goldfields to improve the delivery and management of the region's Aboriginal environmental health programs and services.

Expansion of EON's 'edible gardens' in remote WA communities

4 April 2012

The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.

Respected WA Yindjibarndi Elder passes away aged 105

3 April 2012

Aboriginal Elder Ned Cheedy, a Yindjibarndi man who worked to preserve the law and culture of his people in the Pilbara of Western Australia (WA), has passed away aged 105.

Dual-purpose alcohol and other drug centre to open in Carnarvon

2 April 2012

A new centre providing day and night treatment services for people in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia (WA) with alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems is set to open.

Wirraka Maya Health Service supports aged Indigenous population

28 March 2012

Wirraka Maya Health Service, an organisation providing services to the greater Port Hedland and South Hedland area in Western Australia, as well as surrounding communities, has established a men's group.

Marching for improvement in Indigenous health in Kalgoorlie

27 March 2012

The Goldfields branch of the Western Australian Country Health Service ran their Close the Gap day in Kalgoorlie to great success.

WACHS Close the Gap Day event in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

21 March 2012

The Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS) Goldfields branch is marking National Close the Gap Day by hosting a peaceful march in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

JUSTICEwa scholarships awarded to Indigenous criminal law students

15 March 2012

JUSTICEwa, organisers of the International justice conference, have established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship in the hope of encouraging careers in criminal law and human rights.

Recipients of Strong spirit strong mind awards announced

15 March 2012

The Strong spirit strong mind awards were announced on the 14 March 2012 at the Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker forum.

$22.2m to redevelop remote Aboriginal health clinics in Western Australia

8 March 2012

Health Minister Kim Hames announced funding to redevelop remote Aboriginal health clinics in Western Australia (WA), in a statement on the 5 March 2012.

WA's pioneer Indigenous mental health workers

24 February 2012

Twenty Western Australian Indigenous people have enrolled in tertiary mental health courses following the success of two trail-blazing Indigenous mental health workers in the Pilbara.

WA health workers survey

23 February 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is undertaking a pilot workshop program in WA to help those working in Indigenous health to get the most from our website.

Water upgrades for Indigenous communities in north WA

21 February 2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the north part of Western Australia (WA) will soon have their essential water services upgraded.

Legislation needed to regulate alcohol purchases in north-west Western Australia

21 February 2012

According to Shadow Racing and Gaming Minister Mick Murray in a statement on 20 February 2012, the Western Australian Government should introduce legislation to regulate alcohol purchases in Broome and the West Kimberley to combat alcohol abuse.

Tennant Creek sobering up shelter to open in February 2012

10 February 2012

A $1.6 million sobering-up shelter will open in Tennant Creek next week, replacing an older facility which was demolished.

Calls for tighter petrol sniffing laws in WA

6 February 2012

The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS), a Northern Territory-based substance use treatment group, has travelled to Perth to convince the Western Australian Mental Health Minister Helen Morton of the need for change regarding petrol sniffing laws.

South-west WA hosts Indigenous mobile health clinic trial

6 February 2012

A mobile health clinic, which brings medical services to Indigenous people who face transport difficulties, is to be trialled in south-west Western Australia.

Nominations open for Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards 2012

31 January 2012

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind Awards are being presented by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) in 2012, as part of the Aboriginal alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker forum being held in Perth from 14-15 March.

NT and regional WA wise up to weight loss

24 January 2012

Nutritionists in the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia are amongst those urging locals to take up the 'one change at a time' challenge, the theme for 2012's Australia Healthy Weight Week.

Six Kimberley homes declared alcohol-free zones

24 January 2012

Six homes in Western Australia's Kimberley region have been declared alcohol-free as part of a new scheme to reduce the impact of alcohol in Aboriginal communities.

New funding and upgrade for the South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service

17 January 2012

The South East Metropolitan Community Drug Service (SEMCDS) has received state Government funding towards an upgrade and new premises in Thornlie, Western Australia.

Murray Valley encephalitis found in WA chickens

17 January 2012

The WA Health Department says a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease has been found in East Kimberley chicken flocks.

New recovery centre for Broome mental health

17 January 2012

A group of 14 dedicated non-government and Government community groups have created Broome's first place where people with mental illness and their families can be supported on their recovery journey.

First Noongar dentist graduates

12 January 2012

Chantel Thorn has recently graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA) as the first Noongar dentist and the State's second Aboriginal dentist.

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.

Environmental health an issue for WA goldfields homeless

22 December 2011

The ABC has reported that many Indigenous people visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder over Christmas will find themselves temporarily homeless and suffer from poor environmental health while sleeping rough.

Western Australia's largest Aboriginal community applies for liquor ban

21 December 2011

Western Australia's largest Aboriginal community, Bidyadanga, is applying to have the State's toughest alcohol restrictions introduced.

Pilbara Indigenous employment program 2011 scholarships awarded

13 December 2011

The Western Australian Country Health Service recently awarded seven Aboriginal employees a scholarship.

Halls Creek benefits from alcohol restrictions; new health worker positions

9 December 2011

The Drug and Alcohol Office has released a report on 8 December 2011, on the impact of liquor restrictions in Halls Creek, Western Australia.

New alcohol and other drug worker positions for north-west WA under Royalties for regions program

9 December 2011

Up to 31 alcohol and other drug worker positions will be created to expand treatment, prevention and counselling services across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Award for Pilbara's Indigenous health jobs program

1 December 2011

An innovative employment program, which is helping to retain and attract Aboriginal people to the health sector in Western Australia (WA), took out a major prize at last night's 2011 WA Health Awards.

West Australian Indigenous storybook launched

28 November 2011

On Wednesday November 16th, the inaugural West Australian Indigenous storybook was officially launched by The Hon Robyn McSweeny, Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interest and Youth.

Indigenous social worker from WA acknowledged for remarkable contributions

10 November 2011

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab from the Aboriginal Health and Education Unit, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has won a 2011 Social Worker of the Year award.

Lililwan project receives further funding

9 November 2011

The Lililwan project is a community-led strategy developed to address Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Fitzroy Valley of Western Australia.

WA funded for Indigenous mental health and parenting research

4 November 2011

Researchers from Perth's Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing have won more than $1.3 million in competitive funding for Indigenous mental health and parenting projects.

Liquor Control Amendment Act 2011 allows enforcement of alcohol-free zones

4 November 2011

Part 3 of the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2011 relating to Liquor Restricted Premises was proclaimed on 8 October 2011.

Study released: Cervical cancer in Indigenous women

24 October 2011

A recent study titled Cervical cancer in Indigenous women: the case of Australia, found that Indigenous women have 2 to 5 times higher age standardised incidences and have a 3 to 18 times higher death rate from cervical cancer.

Nominate now for 2012 Western Australia (WA) Rural Health West Doctors' Service Awards

17 October 2011

The Western Australia (WA) Rural Health West Doctors' Services Awards are now open for nominations.

Updated WA overview of Indigenous health released

28 September 2011

The 'Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011' is now available online.

New rehabilitation services available in the East Kimberley

14 September 2011

Stage two of the Ngnowar Aerwah 7 Mile Residential Rehabilitation Facility service was officially opened in Wyndham on 8 September 2011.

Drug Aware cannabis prevention campaign for WA

17 August 2011

A new Western Australian state campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about the risks associated with cannabis use.

Reduction of inhalant use reported in Balgo in the past year

8 August 2011

A coronial inquest investigating deaths in the remote Western Australian Kimberley community of Balgo has heard petrol sniffing has disappeared there in the past year.

Solid Kids, Solid Schools website addresses bullying

28 April 2010

The Solid Kids, Solid Schools website ( was launched on Wednesday, 28th April at a community gathering at Beachlands Primary School in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council re-established

10 August 2009

Western Australian Indigenous Affairs Minister Kim Hames today announced the 12 members of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).

Working for a healthier Indigenous Australia

Date posted 25 August 2014 Years of experience in the field of Indigenous health will guide Romlie Mokak as he establishes himself in his new role leading the Lowitja Institute, Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

Giving the gift of life

Artback NT Arts Development and Touring, from the Northern Territory (NT) is excited to present Gift of life, an innovative performance highlighting the importance of organ and tissue donation through a heartfelt and informative story of an Indigenous woman who is struggling with end stage kidney disease.

Nominations open for the PHAA (WA) Annual branch awards

The Public Health Association of Australia, Western Australia (WA) Branch (PHAA WA) is seeking suitable nominations for the 2014 Annual branch awards program.

Cultural centre to bring new beginning for massacre site

On the 180th anniversary of the Pinjarra massacre, the Noongar community has opened a new cultural centre near where their ancestors were killed.

Ngadju training program prepares for managing country

Ngadju Conservation, based in West Australia (WA), have recently undertaken a number of land management training activities as they progress with their Malleefowl and invasive weed project, which aims to assist them to manage their country.

A day to walk together

A strong line-up of Indigenous performers has been announced for the Town of Bassendean’s 2015 Naidoc family day in Ashfield on Thursday 9 July.

Elders inspire Warwick kids' interest in Aboriginal culture

Warwick State High School, Western Australia, celebrated Aboriginal culture yesterday for the school's own National Aborigines and Islanders Observance Committee (NAIDOC) day.

Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Indigenous frontbencher in federal parliament

Ken Wyatt, the Member for Hasluck, Western Australia (WA), has become Australia's first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Federal Government frontbencher, taking up the role of Assistant Health Minister.

Wiluna Country project continues to reduce critical threats to key fauna

Traditional Owners, pastoralists, mining companies and government agencies on Wiluna native title lands in Western Australia (WA) will continue to work together to reduce the main threats to key threatened and vulnerable fauna species, including the Malleefowl and Greater bilby.

Save the Children East Kimberley recognised for commitment to reconciliation

Save the Children East Kimberley has been named a finalist for the Outstanding commitment to reconciliation category at the biannual Western Australia (WA) Community services excellence awards.

Marble Bar children swim for healthy treats

Children in the East Pilbara are benefiting from a new lap-swimming initiative at the swimming pool in Marble Bar, Western Australia (WA).  The Go for 2 and 5 Swim for fruit program, supported by Royal Life Saving Society WA and Healthway, rewards children for their swimming efforts with a healthy afternoon tea after each session.  Royal Life Saving Society WA Swimming and Water Safety Education Senior Manager, Trent Hotchkin, said the program focused on remote communities to ensure those who would otherwise miss out on attending swimming classes were given an opportunity to learn and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Kimberley Parks and Wildlife officers recognised for environmental management efforts

Parks and Wildlife officers from the Kimberley region of West Australia (WA) have been recognised at a recent statewide awards and graduation ceremony, taking out key prizes, including Aboriginal Trainee of the Year.

Halls Creek football match supports end to domestic violence

Two football matches were held at Halls Creek, Western Australia (WA) last month to mark the second annual Tackling Domestic Violence event.  The event was coordinated by Anglicare's Family and Domestic Violence Service, in conjunction with East Kimberley Standby Response Service and Kutgjunka Youth Program Mental Health Service.  Organiser Debbie Dicks said the event aimed to bring about awareness of domestic violence.

Working on country project saving endangered species

The future for two endangered species of bird in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is looking more secure, thanks to the work of the Kija Rangers and the Kimberley Land Council Fire Management Team.

Children self-harming with plant burns 'for trip to Perth'

In the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA), children as young as ten are self-harming by burning themselves with the sap of a certain plant.

New SWAMS Busselton outreach clinic to boost services

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) will boost services in Busselton with the opening of its new outreach clinic this Thursday.

Aboriginal Health Workers look to increase Aboriginal immunisation rates

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) Aboriginal Health Workers, Tammy Mcgrath and Talicia Jetta are the latest graduates of a two week training course on immunisation.

City of Perth staff may soon wear reconciliation pins

City of Perth staff may soon wear pins featuring the Aboriginal flag, to express support for reconciliation.
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