North Burnett students head to Brisbane

NORTH Burnett students are on their way to Brisbane to take part in the 2019 South East Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students. Burnett State College students Sophie Shadford, Dayne Dakin Mi-Mi, Sara Mealand and Kaiden Ratcliff will be heading down for the event at Parliament House on 11 September, with the support of local health and wellbeing organisation IWC. “IWC is sponsoring the students to attend the convention, which provides an opportunity for them to explore constitutional issues,” said Kathy Ratcliff, a teacher aide at the college. “This will help them become better informed about the Australian system of government and how

IWC expansion delivers cultural education first for region

IN A first for the region, a massive 80m-long pictorial display of the region’s Aboriginal history is being delivered as part of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex Stage 2 expansion. IWC General Manager Wayne Mulvany said the development of the 11 pictorial screens, each up to 7m long by 3m high, took place through a series of consultations with Traditional Owners / Elders of the Taribelang Bunda. “The work has been undertaken with Traditional Owner / Elders Uncle Raymond (Willy) Broome, Uncle Wayne Mothe, Uncle David Broome, Uncle Jason Brown, Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian and the Taribelang Cultural Aboriginal Corporation’s (TCAC) Byron Broome and Nicole Tiger,” he said. Uncle W

What on earth is happening with the Aboriginal flag?

DESPITE being a regional Queensland Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) IWC has been forced to pay out thousands of dollars in royalties for using the Aboriginal flag on its free Indigenous health check shirts. For the cost of each shirt bought by registered charity Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) to give away, a royalty of 20% plus GST has had to be paid out to the new owner of the flag’s copyright, WAM Clothing. IWC works in one of the most disadvantaged regions of Australia to improve health and wellbeing of communities. The blow comes after WAM Clothing, a newly formed and non-Indigenous company, gained exclusive rights to reproduce the Aboriginal flag on clothi

Take the first step towards meditation

IF YOU have never experienced meditation, finding a moment to take that first step can be difficult. To make it easy people in our community to discover the benefits of meditation, IWC holds two free sessions each week which are open to all. The first free meditation session is fully facilitated and held each Thursday, from 11.50am to around 12.30pm. It began three years ago, initiated by IWC Director and Senior Cultural Advisor Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian. The second free session is held after-hours, 4.50pm every Tuesday at the IWC Complex. This takes a different format, offering a grounding in general spirituality and how to draw on the energies of the universe. “At the Thursday sess

Great feedback on Dietitians' serving of information

CLIENTS at Bundaberg Home Care could not get their fill of the information provided to them at a recent information session delivered by IWC’s two Accredited Practising Dietitians. The hour-long session, delivered at one of the regular activity days at the Home Care facility, was given a warm welcome by a very interested audience. “We worked to help the audience identify healthy foods, and to show them how they could take control of their diet and nutrition,” said IWC dietitian Jessica Bauer. “We held small quizzes, and after the main presentation it was great to sit down one-on-one with the clients and talk through their own questions and needs.” One client told us: “I learned that I should

IWC joins QIMR Berghofer’s Indigenous Genomic Health Literacy Project

IWC is pleased to be part of the QIMR Berghofer’s Indigenous Genomic Health Literacy Project. The project has partnered with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services and Queensland Health to establish an Indigenous Genomics Community Group (IGCG). Genomics is an area within genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism’s genome. The genome is the entire DNA content that is present within one cell of an organism. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand disease.​ The group included 15 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peop

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