Sep 24
WNSWLHD Aboriginal Health Symposium and Workforce Forum

More than 150 Aboriginal health workers will come together in Dubbo this week to focus on how the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) can continue its focus on improving Aboriginal health.


The Aboriginal Health Symposium and Workforce Forum will be held over three days in Dubbo the 24 – 26 September.


Executive Director Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, Brendon Cutmore, said, “We have health workers from across the District, which extends from Oberon to Bourke, and from Cowra up to the Queensland border, coming together to spend three days focusing on improving the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal population".


“The event is in line with our Western NSW Local Health District, Improving Aboriginal Health Strategy 2018 - 2023, launched last year.   


“We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for our Aboriginal population by setting realistic goals that focus on improving the environment in which we deliver our services, the way we deliver these services and by strengthening our Aboriginal workforce".  Brendon said.


For the first time the Ngangkari Traditional Healers, will be attending our forum. The WNSWLHD has been hosting the Ngangkari Traditional Healers for the past two years across the Local Health District.


“It is very exciting that the healers will be able to attend and also offer their services to our staff.


“We will also be showcasing a number of home grown programs that the WNSWLHD has designed and delivered for our communities. Such as the women's BreastScreen clinics, the Marang Dhali Eating Well Program, focusing on nutrition and healthy lifestyles and the growing of our Aboriginal workforce.


Our partners from Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Service Incorporated will discuss the outcomes from the Career Pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Research Project that was conducted across our region and supported by the Lowitja Institute.


“We will also have the pleasure of hearing from Australian Olympian, and former Senator, Nova Peris OAM".


“This is going to be a fantastic three day event, which will bring us closer to our aim of 'Closing the Aboriginal Health Gap', by influencing our environment and understanding of Aboriginal culture across the WNSWLHD". Brendon said. ​