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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-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). The Federal Government will spend $6 million on suicide prevention strategies in the Kimberley region over four years, starting with the initial Budget allocation.
 

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 (www.solidkids.net.au) 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).
 
 
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