Work­shops aim to en­gage with lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal youth

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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/.

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