Workshops aim to engage with local Aboriginal youth
■ The Aboriginal Health Council of WA is reaching out to local Aboriginal youth through workshops in Roebourne this month.
AHCWA is inviting about 20 young people to participate in the forum, which is also being held in other towns such as Carnarvon, Geraldton, Broome and Bunbury.
The workshops have been tailored to address particular issues in each town and will cover topics such as leadership, self-confidence, cultural healing, drug and alcohol abuse and health.
The workshops will be delivered by AHCWA’s youth co-ordinator, Hayley Thompson, a Noongar finalist in Miss NAIDOC Perth.
Miss Thompson said the aim of the workshops was to educate and inform people about the issues they faced and give them the tools to overcome adversity.
“It’s so important to bring young people together to talk about issues they might not necessarily talk about at home,” she said.
“We really want to get young people thinking about their health and wellbeing and to make this a priority in their lives.
“We want young Aboriginal people to have the confidence in themselves to pursue whatever they want to do, even if they have hurdles such as early parenthood, which includes a high percentage of Aboriginal youth.”
Miss Thompson said some of the workshops would include personal training sessions to encourage young people to live healthy lifestyles free from drugs and alcohol.
“I have been involved in athletics, netball and Aussie rules football from a young age, which sparked my passion for fitness and led me to gain my personal training qualification,” she said.
“The personal training session in the workshops will be free to all youth participants and will also give them a glimpse into the fitness industry as a career path.”
The workshop in Roebourne will be held on October 23.
For more information, http://www.ahcwa.org.au/.