Respect on the agenda in Cultural Healing program

“HOW can we show respect to self without disrespecting others?” That was just one of the questions posed to a group of Kepnock State High School Indigenous students as part of an eight-week Cultural Healing program delivered by IWC. IWC is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation which offers a holistic model of whole-of-person care including Health & Medical, Family & Community, and Cultural Healing services. It is committed to delivering Reconciliation in Action every day. IWC services support schools right across the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett regions. “We were asked by Kepnock SHS to provide a tailored program for students in Years 7 to 11 which would address some of the key c

Indigenous students shine at awards night

ALMOST 200 people turned out for the Bundaberg & District State High Schools Indigenous Celebration held at Brothers Sports Club on Monday 28 October. It was an evening to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the region’s five State High Schools, with the Student of the Year and Best Attendance awards sponsored by Aboriginal community-controlled organisation IWC. Winners of the overall Best Student Award 2019 were Coen Johnson (Kepnock SHS), Dustin Budda-Deen (Bundaberg SHS), Amy Thompson (North Bundaberg SHS) and Lachlan George (Isis District SHS). The overall Outstanding Attendance Award went to Jamaya Bentley (Kepnock SHS). Amy Thompson said it

Crowd turns out for inaugural North Burnett healthy eating session

Learning about the hidden fats and sugars in foods was just some of the advice and tips gained by the crowd that attended the inaugural free Healthy Eating on a Budget session held in North Burnett on 24 October. More than 30 people turned out to learn about diet and nutrition from IWC’s two Accredited Practising Dietitians (and twin sisters) Jessica and Chloe Bauer. Chloe delivers regular one-on-one sessions to clients in the North Burnett. IWC started delivering the dietetics sessions last year, building on the regular Diabetes Educator and Midwife sessions provided in the North Burnett community. “Understanding how to read labels also was a big take-away for the participants,” said Chloe.

Stage 2 brings Physiotherapy

With IWC’s Stage 2 expansion of its Health & Wellbeing Centre, an experienced Physiotherapist has joined the Aboriginal community-controlled organisation’s holistic model of whole-of-person care. Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. Working with people of all ages, they treat a broad range of health conditions, including sports injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic health conditions. Scott Davis, a Physiotherapist with 17 years’ experience in the Allied Health field, said coming to IWC as it started to open services within its major Stage 2 expansion was a unique opportunity. “It’s exciting – a different challenge and I am very pleased

Veterans' Health Week 2019

HEALTH and Wellbeing organisation IWC will once again be part of the 2019 Veterans’ Health Week activities being delivered by the Bundaberg RSL Sub-Branch. With the theme of “Mental Wellness”, IWC’s two Accredited Practising Dietitians will be delivering three free interactive sessions over the course of the week – all designed to support physical and emotional wellbeing of Veterans. IWC is non-government, Aboriginal community-controlled and a registered charity, and is here for all in our communities. “Our community’s Veterans, of all ages, have very specific health and wellbeing challenges, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol,” said


THE cutting of a red ribbon marked the official opening of the $19.8 million Stage 2 of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. “This is real progress for our communities here in the Wide Bay Burnett,” said IWC CEO Ara Harathunian as politicians, business leaders and Traditional Owners and Elders milled around the new 4816 sqm expansion. It comprises two storeys of facilities with some surface and underground car parks. He said: “This expansion is bringing a new level and type of services to all, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, without discrimination.” Stage 2 is directly connected to Stage 1 of the complex, which opened in 2014 and has quic

Building clients' independence, choice

Fifteen IWC support staff from both the Bundaberg and North Burnett Home Care teams have received useful training on the topics of “The New Aged Care Quality Standards”, and “Mental Health and Older People”. The training, delivered in Bundaberg on 15 and 16 October by Suzana Borlovan of Cairns TAFE, was provided to the IWC team members as part of the Rural and Remote Training Project. The training is being delivered to Indigenous organisations providing aged care in Queensland, and the project is funded by the Australian Government. “The trainer made the topics interesting and engaging,” said IWC Home Care Bundaberg Manager Lynne Shanahan. “The training has given IWC support workers insights

US, NZ and Australian First Nation peoples speak at major conference

ABORIGINAL Australian, American Indian and New Zealand Maori speakers are coming together for a national conference being held in Cairns from October 23-25. The 2nd National NDIS Conference: Doing it the First People Way, is being delivered by Indigenous Conference Services (ICS), co-hosted by the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) Ltd. IWC is the only Aboriginal-community run organisation in Australia to hold an NDIS Local Area Coordination contract. It has worked as an NDIS Partner in the Community since 2017 to roll out the Scheme in Bundaberg region, Central Queensland. “The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been a big step forward for all in our communities, but especially so for

Riverbank setting for Healing Circle ceremony

The inaugural IWC Healing Circle to be held in North Burnett was celebrated in a traditional yarning environment – on the banks of the Burnett River. IWC provides Healing Circle Work within its holistic model of whole-of-person care, and has been delivering regular Healing Circle group sessions in Bundaberg since 2015. “Healing Circle Work is intensive,” said Aunty Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, who has developed the methodology over years of consultation with Traditional Owners and Elders from across Australia. “It is not a therapy, but therapeutic outcomes manifest. It demonstrates Aboriginal Cultural ways of doing business ‘our’ way. Participants are motivated to deal with trauma and life c

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