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Good news for sista mums in Queensland

  • 7 September 2015

    All past course participants of the Cancer Council WA Aboriginal Cancer Education Course and health services/organisation/departments working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are invited to submit contributions for publication in the Let’s Talk Aboriginal Cancer eBulletin.  Articles and events that pertain to cancer control and support are most welcome.

    If anyone would like to submit an article for the next bulletin, please refer to our Contribution Guidelines.

    For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Louise De Busch, Aboriginal Projects Officer on 08-9388 4382 or

  • 6 July 2015

    Hi Mob members,

    Here's a good news story for Mums in Qld, with the introduction of midwifery services becoming more accessible through local delivery.

    For Mums the 1st is a First for Lockhart River

    Mums in Lockhart River, Queensland are set to benefit from Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s award winning maternal and child health service for the first time as Apunipima Midwife, Judy Buckley heads to the community.

    Situated on the far northern east coast of Cape York, midwifery services in Lockhart River were previously delivered by Queensland Health who have now contracted Apunipima to provide the service.

    With 15 babies born each year, Midwife Judy will spend a week in the community once a fortnight and recruitment is already underway for a community based maternal and child health worker to support mums in community when Judy is working in her other community of Wujal Wujal.

    Rachel Sargeant, head of Apunipima’s Family Health Services said, ‘Previously the maternity service was fully fly in fly out on a fortnightly basis so the fact that we can provide a service with a maternal and child health worker who can deliver our Baby One Program and will be in community supported by our midwife will mean that mums and mums-to-be will get a much more comprehensive service.’

  • 8 May 2015

    Hi PAMSWA yarning place members!
    The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit in partnership with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is calling all WA health professionals and health promotion workers who work pregnant Aboriginal women and their families to take part in an evaluation survey for the new Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking in WA portal project.

    The Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking WA online portal will be launched soon and we want you to be involved to help us evaluate this new and exciting resource.
    If you work with pregnant Aboriginal women, new mothers and their families in Western Australia (WA) and/or work in a tobacco prevention role in WA we want your input.
    You are invited to complete a short online survey to share your experiences delivering smoking prevention and cessation support to this important target group.

    Access the survey here:

    Please contact Alexa Wilkins  or Trish O'Hara if you would like more information on the evaluation survey and the Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking WA Portal project.

    This evaluation is part of the Preventing Aboriginal Maternal Smoking WA Portal project that is being delivered in partnership through Curtin University, the Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit from WA Health’s Women and Newborn Health Service and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. The project has ethics approval from Curtin University (approval number: RDHS-40-15).

    Kind regards
    Trish O’Hara
    PAMSWA Coordinator
    Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet