WentWest Stories: Maya’s Story

  Marrin Weejali is an Aboriginal community organisation providing culturally safe alcohol, other drug and non-acute mental health counselling, referral and advocacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Sydney. One in six women in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner, and one in four […]

WentWest Stories: Michael’s Story

Marrin Weejali is an Aboriginal community organisation providing culturally safe alcohol, drug and non-acute mental health counselling, referral and advocacy services in Western Sydney. They take a personal and community-driven approach to identify the root causes of substance misuse and help clients find healthy solutions to work through their mental health issues. Over 13,000 Aboriginal […]

WentWest Stories: Luke’s Story

  Compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the same age group, the Stolen Generations are 40% more likely to be living with a profound disability and 40% more likely to have poor mental health1. The Shed is a safe, welcoming environment where people can share their stories in a non-judgemental setting. The service […]

Changing the statistics on Aboriginal Health

Why Aboriginal health is a priority in our region Western Sydney has one of the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in the nation, and improving Aboriginal health is a health priority for our region. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are nearly twice as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to commit suicide, and […]

National Reconciliation Action Week

Today marks the start of National Reconciliation Week (27th May – 3rd June). This year’s NRW theme is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, which asks us to move beyond awareness to take action. Western Sydney has one of the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in the nation, and supporting Aboriginal […]

715 Health Check During Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day is on Thursday 18 March, the aim of the day is to bring people together to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving health equality for First Nations Peoples. This is a timely reminder to audit your patients and recall those identified to be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to […]

NAIDOC Week 2020: Always Was. Always Will Be.

Some staff members at our NAIDOC week themed meeting This year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was. Always Will Be.’ emphasises the unique spiritual and cultural connection that Indigenous Australians maintain to this great continent. Prior to European settlement, the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations managed the land sustainably based not on ownership, but off […]