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  • 15 August

    The Telethon Kids Institute is carrying out a research program Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children, Our Heart) Project to improve the lives of Aboriginal children and their families here in Perth, Western Australia. 

  • 8 May

    Local Government Policy Awards - Children, Environment and Health

    Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) is excited to announce that submissions are now open for the 9th edition of the Local Government Policy Awards.

    The awards recognise and celebrate Local Governments who prioritise the health and well-being of children through the implementation of innovative sustainable projects and programs supported by strong public health policy.

    The submissions process has been kept simple with three questions and provided guidance with hints and tips throughout the application.
    To submit your registration use this online platform: http://phaiwalgpolicy.awardsplatform.com/

    Closing date: Monday 20 May 2019

  • 25 September 2018

    Check out these new jobs for WA State: 

    Palliative Care Consultant - Midland: https://bit.ly/2pAsWly
    Disability Support Workers - Derby Fitzroy Crossing: https://bit.ly/2Dtgk9D & Casual Support Worker - Carnarvon: https://bit.ly/2xPDL6H

  • 1 August 2018

    Hi WA State readers,

    The National Cervical Screening Program requires the recording of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Status on Pathology Request forms. The National Cancer Screening Register Rules 2017 requires the following information to be collected about all individuals who undergo Cervical Screening Tests, where this information is reported and can be accurately recorded if available on the pathology request form:

    *Indigenous status

    *Country of origin

    *Preferred language.

    This information enables the National Cervical Screening Program (NSCP) to:

    *Accurately measure and understand the screening participation rates and behaviours in these       cohorts.

    *Inform targeted strategies to increase the screening participation of individuals in these cohorts in   order to reduce their rate of cervical cancer.

    *Identify and record the cultural background of all patients which can assist healthcare providers in   providing culturally appropriate care.

    *Record a patient’s preferred language and whether an interpreter is required.

    *Support access to Indigenous-specific health interventions which are designed to overcome the   health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as per the Close the Gap initiative   and Close the Gap initiative refresh.

    For all individuals, healthcare providers are encouraged to provide Indigenous status, country of origin, and preferred language where this can be included on pathology request forms.

  • 25 June 2018

    Hi WA State readers,
    Could you please circulate to your networks, including the Family Matters mailing list, it’s important that the community provide as much feedback as possible. In case you haven’t seen it already, the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, is calling on the community to provide feedback on a proposal for a new statutory office to:

    • strengthen government’s accountability to Aboriginal Western Australians, and 

    • advocate for Aboriginal people’s interests in government policy and performance.

    Read the Minister’s media statement: New move to strengthen government accountability in Aboriginal affairs

    The Government believes that its efforts to strengthen accountability will be most effective if they are designed with input from the people they are intended to serve – Aboriginal people, communities and organisations. The views of the wider community are also valued and welcomed, including community services and advocacy organisations, industry bodies, and government agencies at Commonwealth, State and local levels. The discussion paper below explains the Government’s reasons for the proposal, describes some basic features the proposed office would have, and seeks public input on the general idea as well as specific elements of the proposal.

    Feedback received in response to the discussion paper will inform a model for the new office that will be considered by the Government. It is anticipated that new funding and supporting legislation will be required, therefore the proposal will be contingent on budgetary and Parliamentary processes.

    We want to hear from you about what do you think of the Government's proposal?

    Do you have comments or suggestions?
    What should the name of the organisation be?
    Some previous suggestions include "Commissioner for accountability in Aboriginal affairs", "First Nations Voice", or "Advocate for Aboriginal people". You may have a completely different idea. Is there an Aboriginal language word that would work for all Aboriginal people in WA?
    How should Aboriginal people be involved in choosing the right person?
    There are many Aboriginal organisations in WA. Which should have a role in the appointment process? What that role should be?

    To tell us what you think or ask questions, please contact the Aboriginal Policy Unit on:
    Ph: (08) 6552 5444
    Email: AboriginalPolicy@dpc.wa.gov.au
    Please contact us before 7 September 2018 to make sure your views are taken into account.
    As this is an open process, we will publish all written feedback online unless you ask us not to, and Freedom of Information laws will apply.
    More information at:https://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/ProjectsandSpecialEvents/Accountability/Pages/Default.aspx

  • 30 June 2015


    I am the Aboriginal Senior Health Promotion Officer in King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women which is located in Subiaco, Western Australia.


    I have been in this position since 2012 and would like to know if there are any other Aboriginal health promotion officers across the country that are also based in a hospital.


    would be great to connect with you.