Aboriginal Health (June 2019)

By June 19, 2019 Newsletter

Special Celebrations

EV staff continue to acknowledge important events for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Staff gathered in both EV offices in Hawthorn and Churchill to celebrate National Close the Gap Day and National Reconciliation Week.

EV Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

EV has commenced the development of our 2019-2021 Reconciliation Action Plan. We have surveyed staff, Board Directors and key stakeholders to learn how we can build on our successes from our current RAP and challenge ourselves individually and collectively to champion reconciliation in our professional and personal lives.

VAHS Planning Meeting

In March EV hosted the Victorian Aboriginal Health Strategy Planning Meeting in Hawthorn. The meeting was attended by EV and MCCC staff including Dr Liz Wearne, Marlene Drysdale, Brian Stevens, Nicole Cassar of EV, Aunty Nellie and Dr Ed Poliness from MCCC.  What a great day to come together.

Koori Heritage Trust Workshop

EV medical and cultural educators presented to our GPT1 registrars at the Koori Heritage Trust, Federal Square, Melbourne. Registrars participated in workshops and also had a cultural tour along the Yarra.

New Staff Member

The Aboriginal Health Team welcomed Nicole Cassar, Senior Aboriginal Health Educator to EV in February. Nicole is a Gunditjmara, Wotobulak and Maltese woman who has worked across Victorian Aboriginal affairs for 25 years. Nicole has a strong educational background and spends much of her professional life supporting organisations and businesses to build culturally safe, capable and competent services.