Cover of issue 4 of West news.Connecting and partnering with Aboriginal communities

West news is a seasonal publication that showcases the connections and partnerships between the West Division of the Department of Health and Human Services and the local Aboriginal communities.

In this edition we share some of the diverse ways our community celebrated NAIDOC in 2018.

We learn how a Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency-led collaboration with community and government is keeping Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care in touch with their culture through the creation of a deadly new resource.

We hear how an innovative project is improving the mental health of parents - and bringing families back together.

Aboriginal trainees who have been given an opportunity to expand their skills, explore their employment options and, potentially, begin a career in the department, talk about their experiences.

Finally, Jason Kanoa, CEO of Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative, speaks of the rewards of returning to Country in a leadership role.

The department respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pays its respect to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples.