AHCWA Reaches Out to Regional Aboriginal Youth

The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is reaching out to regional Aboriginal youth through a number of workshops being held in regional towns.

AHCWA is inviting about 20 young people to participate in each of the forums, which are being held in Carnarvon, Geraldton, Broome, Bunbury and Roebourne. The workshops have been tailored to address particular issues in each town, and will cover topics such as leadership, self confidence, cultural healing, drug and alcohol abuse and health and wellbeing.

The workshops are being delivered by AHCWA’s Youth Coordinator Hayley Thompson, in conjunction with Aboriginal Medical Services in each town.

Miss Thompson is a 20 year old Noongar (Whadjuk) woman who has previously been nominated for a National Youth Award as well as being a finalist in Miss NAIDOC Perth; a leadership and empowerment program for young Aboriginal women.

Miss Thompson said the aim of the workshops is to educate and inform young Aboriginal people about the issues they are facing and give them tools to overcome adversity. “It’s so important to bring young people together to talk about issues they might not necessarily talk about at home,” she said.

“We really want to get young people thinking about their health and wellbeing and to make this a priority in their lives.

“We want young Aboriginal people to have the confidence in themselves to pursue whatever they want to do, even if they have hurdles such as early parenthood, which includes a high percentage of Aboriginal youth.

“We want to encourage our youth to continue their education or gain employment, no matter what previous issues they may have had.”

Miss Thompson said some of the workshops would include personal training sessions to encourage young people to live healthy lifestyles free from drugs and alcohol.

“I have been involved in athletics, netball and Aussie Rules football from a young age, which sparked my passion for fitness and led me to gain my Personal Training qualification,” she said.

“The personal training session in the workshops will be free to all youth participants and will also give them a glimpse into the fitness industry as a career path.”

The first workshop was held in Carnarvon on the 15th and 16th of September and the next will be in Roebourne and Geraldton on October 30th.

Later workshops will be held in Broome and Derby in April next year.

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