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AHCWA calls for more focus on youth suicide prevention programs

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA has called for greater focus on local, culturally appropriate suicide prevention programs for West Australian youth, as new statistics reveal indigenous Australians are twice as likely to take their own lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Causes of Death 2016 report, released yesterday, showed 2866 people died as a result of suicide last year. Of those, 162 were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with the figure slightly up on the 152 intentional deaths recorded in 2015. The ABS data shows the standardised death rate for indigenous Australians was 23.8 per 100,000, more than twice the non-indigenous rate of 11.4 per 100,000. Suicide was t

AHCWA embarks on leading strategy for Aboriginal youth health

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia youth workers will travel to Geraldton this week as part of a national first project exploring the most significant health issues facing young Aboriginal people in regional WA. AHCWA staff will host a series of age appropriate workshops with young indigenous people and health workers across the state, including in the Mid-West, Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and South-West before the end of the year. Results of the workshops will form part of AHCWA’s Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy – a new blueprint that will document the most important health concerns of young people and the availability of local health services. “We are excited to undertake t

AHCWA embarks on leading strategy for Aboriginal youth health

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia youth workers will travel to the Kimberley this week as part of a national first project exploring the most significant health issues facing young Aboriginal people in regional WA. AHCWA staff will host a series of age appropriate workshops with young indigenous people and health workers across the state, including in the Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara, Goldfields and South-West before the end of the year. Results of the workshops will form part of AHCWA’s Aboriginal Youth Health Strategy – a new blueprint that will document the most important health concerns of young people and the availability of local health services. “We are excited to underta

East Pilbara Youth to Create Community Anti-Smoking Ads

Filmmakers will work with youth in four remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara to shed light on the personal stories of local smokers and warn about the perils of the deadly habit. Young people, assisted by a professional production team, will create a series of short films as part of the “you CAN quit” project, to document the stories of community members who have successfully kicked the habit and those who have been affected by smoking-related illnesses in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji. The project, organised by Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service’s Tackling Indigenous Smoking team, will be carried out with funding from a Healthway Indigenous Health Promotion gra

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