Daystar Foundation Breakfast Club, Western Sydney, New South Wales

The Daystar Foundation provides breakfast each school day for around 500 children at four schools in South West Sydney. They strongly believe children who eat breakfast are more likely to attend school, be better behaved and have positive interactions with fellow students and teachers. Skipping breakfast adversely affects a child’s ability to concentrate at school, their social behaviour and physical development.  Daystar works with volunteers from the community including parents and school staff, and their corporate partners to run the Breakfast Club each school day.

Emergency Nutrition Progam, South Australia, Nganampa Health Council Inc. 
& Mary Mackillop Foundation

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands are located in the far north west of South Australia.  They are home to six main Indigenous communities and many smaller homelands.  Nganampa Health Council is the primary health care provider across this region.
The Emergency Nutrition Program monitors the growth of children under the age of five in the APY Lands.  Mothers of babies who are failing to thrive are given nutritional support and education.  This includes being provided with emergency food relief when needed.
The project facilitates the mothers and children in need to attend a Nutrition Education & Support Program based in Alice Springs.  Activities include cooking, health and hygiene education, checking babies and children’s weights and providing opportunities for play and education about child rearing, growth and development.  The mothers and children are provided accommodation in Alice Springs while they attend the program. There is also ongoing support when the mothers and carers return to the communities.

Kowanyama Baby Festival, Western Cape York Peninsular, Queensland 
27 & 28 August, 2008

The Kowanyama Baby Festival was established in 2005, by young leader and Kowanyama community member Shaun Edwards, and is now in its 3rd year of operation. Its primary purpose is to provide information about maternal and child health using the community’s traditional knowledge and western ways.  Festival workshops encompass most facets of maternal and child health including; baby health checks, baby massage, innovative cooking and nutrition demonstrations, transmission of culture, self –esteem, career guidance, healthy living, leadership and the much loved baby competition.  The aim is for young people and families to reach their full potential as strong community individuals.

Mary MacKillop Foundation Grandmother Project, South Australia

Indigenous people of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north-west South Australia are lacking normal supports that all Australian citizens are entitled to such as suitable housing, sanitation and employment.  The people of the lands are suffering intensely and the grandparents, in particular, are desperate about the the future of their grandchildren and future generations.  The Sisters of St Joseph, who have a history of working in remote Aboriginal communities have formed a partnership with Grandmothers on the Lands.  Together they have provided a house with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages mothers and their young children to come together to cook and share healthy food with their children.  The Grandmothers gather too, to help the mothers and play with the children and share traditional ways of mothering.

Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, Cairns, Queensland 

Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan is an Indigenous run and owned health facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.  As there are no facilities in remote Cape York communities, pregnant women must go to Cairns around four to six weeks before the birth of their baby.  Mookai Rosie is the only facility in Cairns which offers not only accommodation and meals to women and children from remote areas but also a holistic and caring environment with antenatal education and assistance with antenatal care.  They provide a home away from home environment for their clients that is safe, supportive and secure as well as providing transport, activities, health support and advocacy, education, access to counselling and play groups.

The Sax Institute CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference, New South Wales

This event is an initiative of The Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH), which is a collaboration between the Sax Institute and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council.  The conference, taking place on 29th and 30th April 2008, aims to:
Showcase current Aboriginal health research in NSW and Australia
Provide a unique forum for Aboriginal communities to describe their health and research priorities
Provide opportunities for sharing information and establishing new collaborations among Aboriginal                 community members, policy makers and researchers, particularly focusing on child health and chronic disease
Renew roadmaps for research priorities

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