Staff from the GGT UDRH facilitated a 'Healthy Garden/Healthy Lives' project with Winda-Mara Hamilton in April 2016. Old planter boxes were emptied and filled with new soil ready for the community dinner evening. Everyone pitched in and planted a variety of salad items, vegetables and herbs. This project in ongoing with the community very much involved in the care of the garden, making the scarecrow, changing plants as the seasons change and of course, cooking up some wonderful meals to be enjoyed at community dinners. GGT UDRH are committed to being involved with the health of Aboriginal peoples of all ages - healthy bodies = healthy minds.
Katie Dopheide and Amanda Urquhart attended Closing the Gap ceremonies at Pangula Mannamurna Inc. in March 2015. GGT UDRH donated a dozen aprons on the day to be used for Healthy Eating classes and the Men’s Group had a combined stand with Sarah Boyd (below left Lecturer Simulation Coordinator). SA medical Students (bottom right) promoted pathways into Health Careers and Student Support.
GGT UDRH Indigenous Support Officer, Katie Dopheide (front left) attended the Western District Health Service (WDHS) and Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation’s Careers Day held at WDHS in Hamilton. Also in the photo are Locky Eccles from SWTAFE, Kyle Ellis student, Michelle Ellis Partnership Coordinator from Winda-Mara, Mel Russell Aboriginal Employment Project Officer with WDHS, Michael Bell (CEO) of Winda-Mara Heywood and Chris Saunders, Year 12 student.
Indigenous students from across the region were invited to attend and were informed about various career opportunities for working in hospitals. A tour of WDHS included being shown around the kitchen/catering facilities, maintenance area, nursing wards and being provided with information about various allied health roles.
GGT UDRH Student Support Officer, Amanda Urquhart, presented on the Department's Student Support Program and explained about the assistance and support that it has to offer students on rural placement; WDHS HR staff talked about support opportunities from the hospital perspective; SWTAFE staff discussed available courses and Winda-Mara staff discussed the need for community involvement and the importance of establishing trust.
The day brought together community members and health service providers to enjoy a barbeque and listen to music whilst children were entertained with games, face painting and the colouring competition. GGT UDRH helped facilitate the colouring competition and donated the basketball for the winning prize.
The Silver Lining Tree – by Zell Dodd
'As the leaves on the tree change colour, our lives change too. There is a silver lining on every leaf to guide us.'
Artwork purchased for Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health.
Pictured below are Mel Robertson, Senior Program Manager with GGT UDRH (Hamilton), Artist Zell Dodd (Mt Gambier) and
Katie Dopheide, Indigenous Support Officer with GGT UDRH (Hamilton).