IWC hosts NDIS conference

IWC is proud to host the 2nd National NDIS Conference: Doing It The First People Way in Cairns from October 23-25. The conference is designed to provide organisations, service managers and front line workers in the disability sector the opportunity to network, discuss and share information in regards to the successes and challenges they have experienced in the rollout and the implementation of one of Australia’s largest social policy reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). IWC is the only Indigenous organisation in Australia to have won an NDIS Local Area Coordinator contract, and will be delivering four keynotes at the conference. It is delivering the LAC role across the B

'I feel like Forrest Gump!' A tale of transformation

“I FEEL like I’m a completely new person. I have so much energy and zest for life that sometimes I feel like I just want to run – I feel like Forrest Gump. What’s happening for me on the inside of my body is almost like a miracle.” These are the words of Grant Appo, a Bundjalung Minjungbal man from Tweed Heads now living in Bundaberg, after learning he had reversed his type 2 diabetes. “Exercise, good diet, connecting back into spirituality, the land, the sea - all these things coming together found my whole body being transformed into this new person that I am today” he said. Today you can find him just before dawn on the beach at Bargara – a place where he has found a spiritual connection

Gayndah team selected to send student delegate to Canberra

A TEAM from Burnett State College in Gayndah has emerged triumphant from the 2019 South East Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students. Dayne Dakin Mi-Mi, Sara Mealand, Kaiden Ratcliff and Sophie Shadford went to Brisbane on 11 September, accompanied by teacher aide Kathy Ratcliff and with the sponsorship support of local health and wellbeing organisation IWC. Students from across Queensland participated in debates and plebiscites during the event. “On the day there were 32 schools, 128 students and 21 speeches. Of those 128 students, five were chosen to be Queensland’s Delegates for the annual National Schools Constitutional Convention,

First Nation peoples honoured at national car rally

THE First Nation Traditional Owners of Bundaberg region were honoured by the Veteran Car Club of Australia (VCCA) at the official opening of the National Veteran Vehicle Rally at Bargara Cultural Centre on Monday 17 September. Traditional Owner / Elder Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian delivered a Welcome to Country to the large crowd, many of whom were dressed to suit their historic vehicles. Aunty Cheri told the crowd: “Art is generally static, but these vehicles are art in motion, and it’s dynamic.” Aunty Cheri is a Director of Aboriginal-controlled health and wellbeing organisation IWC, which offers services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and works to deliver Reconci

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