WITH National Reconciliation Week 2020 starting tomorrow (June 27), Aboriginal community-driven organisation IWC has taken steps to ensure it stays firmly on the radar in our region. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IWC is unable to invite the usual crowds to their Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg – so it has taken Reconciliation Week online. “Reconciliation in Action is embedded in IWC operations all year round, and on our website you will find a range of resources which share First Nation culture with everyone in our communities,” said IWC CEO Ara Harathunian. The new resources are being launched tomorrow (June 27) but will be available after the celebratory week ends. At

Support drug research with survey response

You are invited to complete a survey which is part of a project being delivered by QNADA (the Queensland Network of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies) in collaboration with QuIVAA (Queensland Injector's Voice for Advocacy and Action) and QAIHC (Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council). Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a $30 electronic gift card, provided that they: - Are a Queensland resident - Are someone who either currently or has formerly used illegal drugs - Answer all questions - Provide a name and email address to receive gift card The survey can be accessed at: IWC sits on the Board of QNADA. About the project: QN

Hijacking of Pandemic situation is destructive to our health and lives

WE’RE being told COVID-19 is the main battleground and “we’re all in this together” fighting a for healthy future, right? Well maybe not... The lockdown in Australia started based on a health perspective, but the pandemic has been hijacked by unions and self-interest parties who have put the screws so tight that the life is being sucked out of us. The outcome – the destruction of life and opportunities as we knew it. Put into perspective, the “action” around COVID-19 has been intensely focused in urban areas. So why shut down our regions, the regions of “NoPlace”? NoPlace is the beating heart of Australia which is consistently and negatively impacted by blanket decisions made in the capitals

IWC supports Genomic Health Literacy Project

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a key part of maintaining wellbeing over the course of a long and happy life, and IWC is pleased to support efforts to assist Indigenous people in this space. QIMR Berghofer’s Indigenous Genomic Health Literacy Project is a project delivered in partnership 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). The aim was to increase health literacy around the resources available in the area of genetic testing, counseling and precision medicine through a series of workshops. Research participants incl

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