Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
Crucial to Aboriginal health and wellbeing is the need to increase cultural competence across the whole of community. Environments that support cultural competence provide a safe and familiar place for Aboriginal communities to contribute to and participate in.
The Closing the Gap Alliance is committed to identifying and responding to the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal communities in the G21 region. A key area of focus, for this group, is the development of a cultural audit tool designed to assist agencies in identifying good practice and areas for improvement.
This project aims to be actively involved in the promotion and support of Aboriginal Health through project development, regional advocacy and service coordination, including:
- To be actively involved in the promotion and support of Aboriginal Health through mapping, promotion and sharing of local Aboriginal cultural education and training opportunities across the region.
- To be actively involved in the development of a cultural audit tool, in partnership with the Closing the Gap Alliance.
- To support opportunities for Aboriginal people in the prison system to reduce recidivism rates and promote post release opportunities in housing, education and training.
Project Update (July 2016)
G21 as a project partner, has now received notification that a recent grant application to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has been successful. Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative will now take the lead.
The grant will fund the 'Starting the Conversation' project, which will address from a prevention lens, the impact of gambling on Aboriginal Communities. This will be a creative process with the launch of a series of videos in NAIDOC Week 2017.
Lead Agency: Wathaurong
Project Partners: Narana, Bethany Community Support, local government, Deakin University, (escape)Shift, Thorny Arts, The Cultural Consultancy Group, Barwon Child, Youth & Family.
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