Mar 22
Aboriginal 'women's camp' to empower participants

A number of Aboriginal women in the Gulargambone and Gilgandra area will be treated to two days of family health and personal wellbeing advice and activities when they attend an Aboriginal Women's Camp on 28-30 March.

The Gunhi-gu Ngurang or “Mothers’s Place” camp is being organised by the Western NSW Local Health Network in conjunction with Aboriginal women. It is being held at Warrumbungle Mountain Motel, outside of Coonabarabran.

The aim of the Women’s Camp is to involve local Aboriginal women on how to best look after their health and that of their families,” said Ms Pat Naden, Aboriginal Health Education Officer.

The two-day program will include sessions on immunisation, settling the baby, health and wellbeing, depression/loss and grief, birthing naturally, yoga and women’s health. The role of the Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Strategy will also be explained to participants. The program will include “our time” pampering sessions and finish with an open forum at the end of day two.

Ms Naden said health information will be provided to participants in an empowering way that gives them the skills to use that information.

"The camp will help develop Aboriginal women's capacity to act as a communityresource and provideinformation around ante and post natal care and women's health issues to their peers,” she said.

“It will also help boost the women’s self esteem and confidence in making sound decisions about physical and mental health issues for themselves and their families.

“We have also included sporting activities such as swimming along with yarning for participants to bond and create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone,” said Ms Naden.

Aboriginal women over the age of 15 years were targeted and 10 women from Gilgandra and 10 women from Gulargambone (20 in total) were selected without the responsibilities of small children as we are unfortunately unable to cater for children at this camp.

A bus will be available to transport people to the camp. It will pick up participants at Gulargambone at 12 noon on Monday, 28 March and then travel back to Gilgandra to pick up from there. The bus will be available at the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel for departure on Wednesday, 30th March 2011 at 3pm.