Ancient ceremony marks start of Reconciliation Week

“IWC is Aboriginal Community Controlled, and committed to Reconciliation in Action every day,” said IWC Director and Traditional Owner / Elder Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian. “Our holistic model of care is underpinned by Aboriginal Terms of Reference, and everything we do supports community working together to achieve the highest good of all people.” At the official opening, Byron Broome of the Taribelang tribe delivered a traditional smoking ceremony with didgeridoo and clapsticks, while Aunty Cheri provided the Welcome to Country. “The smoke from the native plants, delivered within a traditional ceremony has healing and cleansing properties, and pays respect to our country,” said

Meet the Options Day 2018 ambassadors

IWC is proud to be a supporter of Options Day 2018, and of Bundaberg's great, inclusive community. Meet our region's three 2018 Options Day ambassadors (from left to right): Summer Farrelly; a 11-year-old social media star, thanks to her unique Chickens To Love program. She has used this creative outlet to help connect to other people with the same enthusiasm and positive outlook. Despite being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with her mother and two siblings, Summer has helped to connect thousands of people across the state to a fun and healing community. Nathan Curd; this man is making a go of running his own lawn mowing business, after starting from humble beginnings. Desp

Voice of Indigenous youth heard on AOD

SOCIAL issues that are driving drug and alcohol misuse were tackled head on at an action planning session involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teens on Wednesday 23 May. Mental wellbeing, sexual health, joblessness, homelessness and poor nutrition were all topics explored at the full-day session facilitated by Bundaberg health and wellbeing organisation IWC. IWC is Aboriginal community-controlled and non-government and has run successful drug and alcohol programs for more than a decade. IWC’s holistic model delivers whole-of-person care to more than 12,000 clients, both Indigenous and Indigenous. It is committed to Reconciliation in Action. “The aim was to provide a safe and open

Culture and health shared with Under 8's

THE IWC North Burnett team was once again delighted to be invited to the Gayndah State School to participate in the Under 8”s Day. IWC shared traditional Aboriginal culture as well as health and wellbeing information with students at the school on 23 May. Fruit bingo delivered by the team was a big hit, as were the oranges donated to IWC by local citrus grower Sweetie Orchards for the event, meaning the children not only learned about fruit but enjoyed delicious local produce as well. Under 8’s Day is an event where children and adults come together at Gayndah State School, and IWC is proud to be part of it. The theme of this year’s Under 8’s Week delivered by Early Childhood Australia acros

Celebrate Reconciliation Week with IWC

IWC is celebrating Reconciliation Week 2018 with four days of FREE activities – and everyone is invited. Where: IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre, 184 Barolin St, Bundaberg When: Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June: Monday only: Have a cuppa at the ChatStop Van from 8.30-1pm. Daily from 10.30am-11.30am: Tours of the artefacts by Taribelang Culture Tours of Bundaberg. Didgeridoo playing. Try your hand at clapsticks. Daily - All Day: View IWC’s display of more than 80 historic Aboriginal artefacts Learn about Indigenous art Enjoy bush tucker Reflections on Reconciliation – share your thoughts Enter a colouring competition “Sea of Hands” activity View books on Aboriginal history All events are free and

IWC co-hosts International conference

IWC is co-hosting the 2018 International Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference from August 1-3, 2018. It will be held at the Pull Cairns International, and delegate bookings are now being taken. More details at: https://www.icsconferences.org/2018-international-chronic-disease

Gift brings 'breath of life"

Referrals, including self-referrals, to the IWC Healing Circle Work program are now open. Please contact executive@iwc.org.au and mark: Attn Aunty Cheri SELF-DESCRIBED as “the book that brings out your inner smile”, Splitting the Arrow by Prem Rawat is helping to transform lives within Aboriginal community-controlled organisation Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC). Gifted to IWC by Japanese organisation Kifubon South Pacific, the books have been passed on by IWC Chaplain and Director Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian to team members working within the holistic whole-of-person model of care. John Carroll, President of Kifubon South Pacific, said his organisation was committed to building a gl

IWC gets behind Options Day 2018

AS LOCAL Area Coordinator for the Bundaberg region, IWC is proudly supporting Options Day 2018. IWC sits on the committee with representatives of other organisations in the community who have dedicated valuable time to make this year’s event a true success. Each year, Options Day attracts hundreds of people from across the region to learn more about the achievements of people with a disability, and the development of the disability support sector. This September 13 will mark one year since the first NDIS plans were built; since then, hundreds more have been implemented across the community. Options Day is a great opportunity for people with a disability who have NDIS plans to see and interac

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