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Bega Garnbirringu provides a Community Safety and Wellbeing program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Goldfields Region.
As part of Health Programs our Community Safety and Well-being Team actively engages with community on a regular basis and attend community events, deliver culturally appropriate programs, and activities that are sustainable, caters to our client’s needs and encourages healthier lifestyles.
We ensure that our programs are strong in culture, provide health promotion education and awareness sessions, facilitate support for our clients to access relevant services to address substance misuse, violence, and social dysfunction.
We promote individual and community wellbeing, reduce substance abuse through referral and access to culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and aftercare.
Come and engage with us at our programs or visit us at a community event.
Connected Beginnings is a community led initiative to improve the health, development and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-5 years, ensuring they are healthy, happy, strong in culture and ready to thrive at school.
We strive to do this through strong collaboration, early intervention, and empowering families.
Bega Garnbirringu Health Programs team delivers health prevention strategies in the region through: school-based drug education, maternal health, developmental delays related to FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), health promotion education, community engagement, development and awareness.
Connected Beginnings is comprised of two components, Bega Garnbirringu focuses on the Health Promotion and Wanslea Family and Support focuses on school readiness and early years education.
Our Three Obssessions
EARLY LEARNING HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT
Aboriginal children in Kalgoorlie reach their and educational development milestone.
CULTURAL SAFETY AND CULTURAL RECOGNITION
The culture of Aboriginal children and their families is respected and celebrated across the community.
COMMUNITY LED CHANGE
Community leads a change movement to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Children 0-6 in Kalgoorlie and this will be achieved.
Increase awareness about the importance of the early years and how to support young children
Strategy 1: Build opportunities for families and service providers to come together to learn about and support children's health, safety and learning.
Strategy 2: Parents have the capacity to support their children's early learning, health and development.
Increase access to quality early learning opportunities so that families and services work together to support children's early learning and development.
Strategy 1: Remove barriers to accessing services so children and families are able to participate culturally safe health, well-being and education services that meet their needs.
Strategy 2: Raise awareness about services, what they do, for whom, where and why.
Increase and strengthen how culture is recognized, celebrated and embedded in community.
Strategy 5: Build opportunities to celebrate Aboriginal culture and children in our community.
Strategy 6: Build opportunities for children to have strong connection to culture, country and language.
Increase cultural security of services so that children and their families are able to access services that valued their identity and are free from racism and discrimination.
Strategy 7: Provide opportunities for service providers and community to learn about and Aboriginal culture.
Increase community leadership and voice across all levels of governance.
Strategy 8: Provide opportunities for families to exercise greater choice, control and cultural authority about decisions that affect them.
Strategy 9: Support community lead governance and participation
Increase community voice in learning and planning
Strategy 10: Build processes for shared learning across Connected Beginnings to measure progress and impact
STEPPING STONES of our working together
Bega Garnbirringu provides environmental health service to Aboriginal people living in the Goldfields remote Aboriginal communities. Bega will facilitate and support the delivery of an environmental health program across the Goldfields region.
The Environmental Health Team make regular trips to the outlying communities such as Mount Margaret, Cosmo Newberry, Nambi Village Leonora, Wongatha Community Laverton, Mulga Queen, Tjuntjuntjarra, Kurrawang and Ninga Mia providing education and assistance to approximately 250 properties.
Our Environmental Health team consist of two qualified Environmental Health Practitioners, who work within the entire Goldfields area including outlying communities to provide assistance with dog sterilisation and management, sanitation and waste disposal, pest control, home & community hygiene, and minor plumbing works.
Our Environmental Health team focus on the links causing sickness inside the home environment and preventable infectious diseases such as scabies, gastro-intestinal infections, trachoma, and life threatening diseases such as pneumonia, rheumatic heart disease and renal failure which are well established in Aboriginal communities. The main objective for the Environmental Health team is early prevention of diseases caused by surroundings. This means we look at a wide variety of issues our clients might be having so we that we can help manage and/or improve their home environment.
This program also provides support to other local and regional Environmental Health Practitioners. The Environmental Health Practitioners undertake a wide range of activities including home hardware assessments and advocating for additional resources for public health needs and ensuring the home environment supports healthy living practices.
This includes washing people, clothes, and bedding, removing wastewater safely, overcrowding and reducing environmental factors causing sickness inside the home. In order to achieve an improvement in the home environment and community environmental health conditions as well as improvements in public health outcomes, Bega Garbirringu Health Services is a service provider that understands the links between domestic environments and community health outcomes and one that is well connected to the targeted communities. As the local regional community controlled Aboriginal Medical Service, Bega is such a provider.
Bega's Homelessness services include Aboriginal Homeless and Fringe Dweller Support Services and the Rough Sleeper Outreach Program.
Breakfast is provided on an outreach basis. We go to local camps and fringe dwellers around town on weekday mornings.
Regular outreach is also done to support clients. We meet their needs in the form of referrals, advocacy and case management.
We work intensively with those who are homeless and sleeping rough to gain an alternative means of accommodation, obtain housing or return to their community. We also support clients to maintain their tenancies.
This is a NPA (National Partnership Agreement) Initiative funded program.
We would be more than happy to talk to you about these services, please call us on (08) 9022 5500
Have you heard of NDIS? It stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
If you were born wlith or have acquired a permanent disability, we can help you to have a better quality life.
Our aim is to help support those who may be facing intellectual, physical, cognitive, sensory and psychosocial disability.
We are here to help! Contact us or find us at the Health Lifestyle Centre.
Healthy Lifestyle Centre
21 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Phone : (08) 9022 5500
Email : [ndis_email]
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia's first national scheme for people with disability.
The NDIS can help people find it hard to:
Our NDIS team at Bega Garnbirringu Health Services visits the outer Goldfields region for outreach fortnightly . Look out for our mobile team if you are in:
The program offers much needed mobile laundry services and a place to connect for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness. We provide free laundry services at designated locations around Kalgoorlie/Boulder and our focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people whilst using the laundry services. We are also able to provide referrals to not only other program services within Bega Garnbirringu Health Services but to other agencies and services as required.
Our new Orange Sky program has been developed through the successful partnership between Bega Garnbirringu Health Services and Orange Sky Corporation.
For more information, please ring our Orange Sky Service Supervisor on (08) 90225500.
Sobering Up Centre services provide safe, supervised overnight care for intoxicated persons. Key service elements include, providing access to showers, laundry facilities and a simple meal.
The service is non-medical in nature and is not designed to offer treatment or rehabilitation. However, persons discharged from the service may be provided with information and referred to other health, welfare and/or alcohol and drug treatment as appropriate. Sobering Up Centre is committed to helping our clients by preventing Death in Custody.
The Sobering Up Centre employs 100 % Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander permanent and relief staff that come from diverse cultural backgrounds. This ensures that all clients’ needs can be addressed in a culturally appropriate manner.
The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Program at Bega aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reducing tobacco use.
The Tobacco Action Team encourage all community members to actively participate in program activities and community events. The team works very closely with schools, community centres, health services, youth centres, and sporting clubs.
The Tobacco Action Team provide culturally appropriate smoking cessation activities to Aboriginal people in the Goldfields region that aim to:
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At Bega we aim to put our Aboriginal youth interests first, by providing group and individual programs so we can meet their needs.
We aim to encourage positive group atmospheres, build young people’s self-esteem and confidence, and develop young people’s ability to manage personal and social relationships.
Our programs include:
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and
pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.