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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More frunding for Bubup Wilam

Story courtesy of the Koori Mail

NEW funding of almost $850,000 will be used to expand services at the Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Melbourne.

The organisation provides a range of services, which bring together health, housing, welfare and education support, designed to improve opportunities for children and their families. 
Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt praised Bubup Wilam, saying it was having a positive effect on health and wellbeing.

“Bubup Wilam is a place of gathering and community engagement and this funding will enable the existing proven initiatives to be boosted and consolidated to provide a joined-up approach that will make an even bigger difference in the lives of local children and their families,”
he said.

“Having all these services in one location which is trusted by the community is vital for improving Aboriginal health.”

Bubup Wilam president Tony McCartney said it was good to get recognition of the success of the organisation. 

“Bubup Wilam provides critical support for Aboriginal children and families, and access to employment and training for Aboriginal people,” he said. 

Chief executive Lisa Thorpe said the new funding through the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network means Bubup Wilam can help achieve its vision of ‘Children who are proud and have a strong Aboriginal identity as their foundation for lifelong learning, health and wellbeing’. 
“We are already seeing positive results in the lives of our families,” she said. 

Bubup Wilam means ‘Children’s Place’ in Woi Wurrung language.

Children from Bubup Wilam perform So Young with musician Dave Arden at the funding launch.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Oorala centre ready to mark three decades

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THREE decades of support for Indigenous students at the University of New England will be celebrated this month in a program that includes art and cooking exhibitions, and live music headlined by 2016 Australia’s X-Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace.

The university’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre is celebrating 30 Years of educational programs in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Over the past three decades, Oorala has expanded from a handful of students to more than 800 enrolled students in 2017.

Celebrations begin on October 18 with the opening of the Oorala Art Exhibition consisting of paintings, photographs, weavings and sculptures by local and regional Indigenous artists.

Open day
A Sunset Opening Ceremony, on the lawns of the Armidale-based university’s Booloominbah centre, will be held on October 23, leading up to the Oorala 30 Open Day on October 31.

Isaiah Firebrace will headline live performances, and other activities will include cooking demonstrations with Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan, shows by the Duval Deadly Dancers, markets stalls, workshops including a weaving circle with Dolly Jerome, a community canvas with artist Lloyd Hornsby, and a flint knapping workshop with UNE archaeologist Mark Moore.

The name Oorala is derived from the UNE region’s Anaiwan language group. It means ‘camp, a place where people come to meet together’.
More details HERE

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

USQ delivers degree for nurse-to-be

Story courtesy the Koori Mail ..

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Busy time for Oorala

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Science is popular in Coolgardie

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

SEARCHING for solutions through science has become highly popular with Aboriginal students at the Christian Aboriginal Parent-directed School (CAPS) in Coolgardie, Western Australia.

The school recently held the CAPS Science Fair, with the goal of stimulating excitement in the community by showing what can be achieved through science and encouraging guests to see the world around them in new and different ways.

Alan Alipio, the teacher who turned on the ‘science light’, said it was great to see the “enthusiasm, courage and a fearless exploration” for science at CAPS.

School principal Kurtis Leslie said recognition at last year’s statewide science talent search competition, sponsored by Science Teachers Association of WA (STAWA), had increased CAPS students’ enthusiasm in science, with many more keen to be part of this year’s talent search.

“Last year our science students from Years 9 and 11 focused on the natural environment and how our world could be protected,” he said. “They looked at how waste produced from the slaughter of animals for human consumption might be used as a bio-diesel alternative.

“It was an experiment that saw them recognised as winners in the 58th National Science Talent Search competition.”

CAPS Coolgardie was established in 1981 by parents seeking to create a strong Christian education for Aboriginal studentsto enable them to be workplace-ready or keen and prepared for tertiary education.

The school has Aboriginal and other students from the local area and outside ofthe region, and Australian and International teachers who live and work in the Coolgardie area, many who have moved to the area bringing their own children to become students at the school.

Former CAPS students include lawyers, educators, business operators and internationally recognised dancers, actors and creative directors.

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