Bila Muuji Health Service Incorporated conducted an Oral Health workshop on 23rd and 24th November 2011 for the Health Workers from the Bila Muuji regions. Suman Kavooru, the Bila Muuji Oral Health Promotional Co-ordinator organized the event and Grace Toomey, a Wiradjuri Elder, opened proceedings with a ‘Welcome to Country ‘.
The purpose of the workshop was to:
- update the Bila Muuji oral health plan
- discuss the challenges and solutions in delivering oral health promotion in the region
- provide updated general oral health knowledge
- provide relevant information for those who are interested in advancing their career in oral health activities
- to discuss how to develop appropriate oral health promotion resources for Bila Muuji.
Bila Muuji is made up of ten Aboriginal Health Services and of these Orange, Wellington, Bourke, Coonamble, Walgett, Brewarrina, Dareton and Dubbo attended.
Representatives from various organizations who addressed the meeting were:
- Marie Wilson Centre for Oral Health Strategy
- Terry Smith AH&MRC Aboriginal Health College
- Lenore Tuckerman Colgate
- Albert Ryan Western NSW LHD
- Dr Sandra Meihubers Bila Muuji
- Jenni Floyd Western NSW LHD
Definitive actions to result from the workshop:
- Health workers to take the lead in conducting oral health promotion
- Support for Bila Muuji to develop a fluoride varnish training program with training from the AHC
- Development of protocols for the school brushing program
- Bila Muuji newsletter - every three months
- Collaborating with other staff and program coordinators – home visits with midwives and other staff
- Educating the parents
- Staff training in Lift the Lip program.
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Drug Action week was held the week commencing 20 June 2011 and the theme chosen for this year was “Looking after our Minds”.
On Thursday 23 June, the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Limited visited Collarenebri to bring awareness to the community about drug and alcohol abuse. The venue was Lion’s Park and approximately forty local people attended with a further ten who were just passing through town stopping in to have a look .
The aim of the exercise was to inform the general community on the effects of alcohol by making them aware of safe drinking guidelines . A variety of pamphlets were given out and health checks were performed for those who wished to have one. WAMS supplied a BBQ lunch with fresh fruit afterwards.
WAMS personnel were
Reg Rutene - Murdi Paaki Drug & Alcohol Co-ordinator
Rebecca Alcock - Healthy for Life RN
Jamie Bellword - Murdi Paaki Drug & Alcohol Outreach Worker
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The second annual Women Out West Awards were held on 6 September 2011 at Dubbo RSL Club.
These prestigious awards are held to celebrate the most inspirational and outstanding women in the western regions of NSW. There are several categories and all nominees are recognised for their contribution to their community and for their individual achievments.
Mrs Hellen Mannix , Manager of the Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service Limited was nominated by the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Limited in the category “Saveway Employment & Training Award for Outstanding Woman Employee”.
Hellen has been at BAHSL since 2005, maintaining an efficient and professional service and managing her staff of eight with a firm but fair hand. She is the only Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in palliative care, immunisation, triage patient assessment and management, diabetes management and education and haemodialysis.
Hellen has to travel often to attend meetings which means being away from her husband and five children.
Living out of town on a dirt road, she frequently has to travel to work in muddy conditions and at one time had to „boat it‟ to work when flood waters cut her off. Hellen was nominated as a finalist and received her award from Ms Ita Buttrose who was the guest speaker of the evening.
Ita Buttrose held the audience captive describing both the struggles and high points through her life in reaching the goals she has
attained. She also spoke of how it is possible to be a good mother and still be successful in your chosen career.
Ms Buttrose presented each finalist and winner with their award and congratulated them all for the hard work and dedication that has given them this recognition and the pride they should feel for reaching this achievement.
The overall winner on the night was Lee Judd who is the District Leader and many believe the “guiding hand‟ of the Girl Guide movement in Dubbo. She has a belief that the movement is helping girls and young woman succeed and it is her enthusiasm that has been a driving force in coaxing them into joining what had been a declining membership.
The entertainment had been kept under wraps until the night of the event but the audience was delighted when Dale Burridge and Daniella Everett appeared on stage. Mr Burridge and Miss Everett have starred in numerous musicals including Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Their magnificent voices kept everyone spellbound, leaving them disappointed when the duo came to the end of their performance.
WAMS personnel who helped Hellen celebrate the evening were Christine Corby, CEO; Reg Humphreys, Deputy CEO; Jessie Richardson, Clinic Manager and Diana Dalley, consultant to both WAMS and BAHSL.
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