Connecting and partnering with Aboriginal communities West news issue 5 - Spring 2019

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 highlight initiatives across West Division that are all working to strengthen the Aboriginal community, using tools including food, health, and the creation of culturally safe spaces.

Winda-Mara staff share a health rivalry as well as great meals when different work areas take it in turns to put on fortnightly community dinners that feed up to 60 men, women and children. 

Halls Gap primary health-care service Budja Budja has gone mobile, fitting out a van that will enable it to service almost 500 Aboriginal community members across 10,000 square kilometres. 

Launches have been held throughout West Division for the family violence agreement, Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families. Dhelk Dja is making it clear that combating family violence is everybody's business.

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

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