IWC to co-host International chronic disease conference

IWC is pleased to announce that it will be co-hosting the International Indigenous Chronic Diseases and Conditions Conference 2018 to be held from August 1-3. This conference is designed to provide insights into the successes of Indigenous organisations and health care professionals. It will focus on solutions to First Nation’s peoples with chronic diseases and highlights the successes of chronic disease policies and management programs implemented in Indigenous communities. The conference will also showcase many of the achievements gained against chronic disease issues and the battle to stem the ongoing diseases within First Nations communities, new initiatives and successful programs being

Forum helps youth take charge of their destiny

Key points about the IWC Indigenous Youth Forum Step 1: Preparation work – Between 30 and 40 Youth engaged in Skills Development, Leadership Development, Healthy Lifestyle education through IWC events, groups and sessions. Step 2: Brainstorming session held with Indigenous youth from key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Role models put in place to share their stories of hope, and provide ongoing mentoring. Step 3: Sessions to be held with primary and high school students across the region, and with disengaged youth. Step 4: Youth brought together for action planning session. Step 5: Framework finalised and implemented. IT’S a forum like no other. One that draws on more than a

IWC Centre venue for free AOD training

The IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre is the venue for two FREE Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) training courses in April. On 17 April, the AOD Crash Course will be held, followed by the Family Inclusive Practice workshop on 17 April. This is part of the way IWC is continuing to support the delivery of positive initiatives that benefit our community, as we all work together to address the issue of Ice and other drugs. IWC hosted the 2016 Bundaberg Region Community Ice Forum, which involved more than 80 delegates from 46 organisations, groups and businesses. It delivered an action plan that included training for frontline service providers dealing with the issue of Ice and other drugs in our region.

Vital eye specialist service for Indigenous people with diabetes set to close

A LIFE-CHANGING mobile eye specialist service working to prevent diabetes-driven blindness in Bundaberg region Indigenous people is set to close. IWC, the region’s leading community-controlled Primary Health Care provider, has been hosting visits by the IDEAS (Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening) Van since early 2016. Now it has been told that the final visit of the IDEAS Van will be on February 16 unless a last-minute funding injection is provided by Government. “The IDEAS Van was set up as a five-year project to deliver a ground-breaking initiative that brings a semi-trailer-sized mobile facility to regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland to provide Ophthalmology and Optometrist

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