Coffee in Park events expand

What started as a casual coffee and a chat after school visits by IWC health practitioners has evolved into a major community health and wellbeing event set to sweep the region in 2018. IWC started the Coffee in the Park three-hour health and wellbeing sessions in October 2016, running them every two months in North Burnett. These are walk-up sessions with an array of IWC health, medical and community team members on hand to deliver wellbeing screenings and information, and include fun activities. Check out a few of the pictures from these events below. Coffee in the Park events offer an easy, relaxed environment in which people can come and ask questions. Dietitians, Diabetes Educators, cou

Breaking cycle of disadvantage with a smile

HELPING families to break the cycle of disadvantage with a smile is important to Bundaberg’s leading community-run health and wellbeing organisation IWC. [endif]--So IWC is welcoming the news that the New Year will see the continuation of the Australian Government’s Dental Benefits Scheme for children and teens. IWC is non-government and charitable, offering health and wellbeing services to everyone across the community, and reaching into the most remote and rural areas of the region. It is a strong provider of bulk-billed child dental care under the Scheme. The initiative provides up to $1000 of bulk-billed dental over two years for youngsters aged two to 17 years who are receiving Family A

Keep it real this Christmas - and don't diet

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year … but if want to avoid carrying extra kilos for the next 12 months here are a few tips from Bundaberg Dietitian Hannah parks, who works with community-run health and wellbeing organisation IWC. “The best advice for everyone is, keep it real,” said Hannah, an Accredited Practising Dietitian. “I advise everyone to help cut down the cravings for all the delicious snacks on offer at Christmas by eating regular meals. Avoid skipping those main meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. This also will help you to avoid overeating at the next meal. “Importantly, eating regularly will help keep your energy levels up during this busy time of year – think of early mornings w

IWC Health team gets creative to support Indigenous wellbeing

IWC Indigenous Health Practitioners have shown their creative side by helping to design a stylish new t-shirt to build wellbeing in our communities. The new IWC t-shirts support the work of the Aboriginal community-controlled organisation in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Checks, otherwise known as 715 Health Checks. “The 715s are comprehensive annual health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and IWC has been working hard in this area for a decade to build community awareness around the importance of these,” said IWC Director Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian. “We are providing these t-shirts to any Indigenous Australian who undergoes their 715 Hea

Whisperings of Agony

This poem was written in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings in October. One of my colleagues was in the US at the time, and paid honour to the victims of the massacre when visiting the memorial site. The memory of the conversation she had with me has stayed with me and I think of all the innocent people who are lost to all of us through guns, bombs, wars, massacres and the like. Those thoughts are what inspired me to write “ Whisperings of Agony”. I share it with you. Go well, stay well, be well. Whisperings of Agony By Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian © IWC Bundaberg 2017 Why is the heart so crazy, screaming, wailing torn apart? Who are these mad men running, so obsessed with giving pain? Is

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