First-aid em­pow­ers Abo­rig­i­nal women

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

The Stronger Abo­rig­i­nal Women’s Group is still go­ing strong, hav­ing just added firstaid qual­i­fi­ca­tions to a grow­ing list of healthy lifestyle ac­com­plish­ments.

The group, which formed about a year and a half ago to boost so­cial ties and health re­sources for lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal women, has al­ready mas­tered healthy cook­ing and breast cancer checks and has a num­ber of other ini­tia­tives com­ing up.

Last month about 10 mem­bers com­pleted a two-day first-aid course with St John Am­bu­lance Kar­ratha trainer Me­gan Hink­ley.

Kar­ratha Cen­tral Health­care Abo­rig­i­nal out­reach of­fi­cer Michelle Dann and com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer Dee Van Beek said the women had asked to learn first-aid skills to em­power them in their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives.

“Help­ing them to have power and with fam­i­lies, chil­dren, at least they’re qual­i­fied for any­thing to hap­pen,” Ms Dann said.

“They’re there, they don’t have to wait or call for some­one else.

“They can get straight there and know what to do.”

De­spite deal­ing with top­ics such as bleed­ing and bro­ken bones, the mem­bers in at­ten­dance and Ms Hink­ley said they had en­joyed the course and barely stopped laugh­ing through­out.

“It was ed­u­ca­tional but fun,” mem­ber Dary­lyn Wal­ley said.

“(Be­cause of ) team­work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and we all just got along well.”

The Stronger Abo­rig­i­nal Women’s Group is sup­ported by Kar­ratha Cen­tral Health­care and meets ev­ery fort­night on Wed­nes­days from 10.30am-noon.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Stronger Abo­rig­i­nal Women’s Group mem­bers and Kar­ratha Health­care and St John Am­bu­lance staff worked to­gether for first-aid train­ing last month.

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