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