Blue Mountains News

National Close the Gap Day is March 21

Source: The Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network
Archived 15 May 2019 - Posted: 18 Mar 2019
Young, Strong & Deadly participant 'Signing into Country'
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people still face unequal health outcomes. On average, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people die more than 10 years younger than other Australians.

National Close the Gap Day, on 21 March, highlights this issue and provides Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians the opportunity to come together to share information and to support the work that aims to achieve Indigenous health equality.

Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), has a strong history of collaborating with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities in the region to identify gaps in services relating to health and taking action to close those gaps.

One program funded through NBMPHN helping to bridge the gap is the Young, Strong & Deadly program, delivered by the Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Culture Resource Centre.

Young, Strong & Deadly is an early intervention mental health and addiction prevention program for young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people between 13-28 years of age. Delivered primarily through schools, the program is designed to strengthen young people’s connection to country and cultural identity, creating a positive sense-of-self and community. This creates a sense of belonging that increases their personal resilience and decreases their risks of mental illness and addiction.

According to Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay, research supports this program’s foundation. “There is a strong link between the connection to culture and a positive sense of identity. Being in touch with culture can have a protective factor that helps to decrease the impact of stressful life events and experiences,” she said.

“In this program, learning from Elders allows these young people to draw on long-held wisdom and to reconnect to the strengths of cultural knowledge,” she continued.

“As this program is based in culture, it not only makes a difference to the young people involved, but has positive effects for the broader community through these young people,” she said.

Wayne Cornish, Manager of Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Culture Resource Centre says that connecting to country and culture is strong place for young people to centre themselves and to nurture well-being.

“In the program we talk about connecting to culture and their own self-worth. We teach traditional stories, go through morals like looking after land and looking after each other. This cultural foundation creates a safe space for us to talk about issues like anxiety, depression, suicide prevention and addiction,” he said.

“I love seeing the change in the young people we work with. I love seeing them smile and express who they are. I love seeing the positive impacts this program can have on a young person’s life,” he said.

When program participants were asked what the program has given them, one young person said, “It's made me feel a lot more-stronger about myself, my identity, who I am as a person. It’s meant reconnecting with my family and ancestral heritage.”

“It's good for us, because we get to get out there and impart some knowledge on the younger kids. I guess that's how we retain our culture, isn't it? From generation to generation.” – Young adult* participant.

Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Culture Resource Centre welcomes referrals and inquiries on 4782 6569 or via their website.

NBMPHN and Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Culture Resource Centre created a video to highlight the Young, Strong & Deadly program. 

*Participant name not used to protect their identity.

Young, Strong & Deadly participants learning about Aboriginal artefacts
Wayne Cornish, Manager of Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Culture Resource Centre Young, leading a Smoking Ceremony with a Young, Strong & Deadly group
Wayne Cornish leading a Smoking Ceremony
 
Activity Tours Australia Activity Tours Australia Activity Tours Australia Great Value Blue Mountains Day Tours!

Recent News

Australian Poetry Slam Goes Online
Australian Poetry Slam Goes Online
Australian Poetry Slam: same rules, same passion, now online for 2020!
Blue Mountains Drivers Urged to Slow Down to Save Lives
Blue Mountains Drivers Urged to Slow Down to Save Lives
Drivers travelling in Blue Mountains are being urged to slow down this...
Live & Unlocked - a Series of Music and Cabaret Events at The Joan
Live & Unlocked - a Series of Music and Cabaret Events at The Joan
Welcoming audiences back into theatres with smaller-scale live entertainment<br...
Blue Mountains Arts Sector Fostered by Multi-Year Funding to Deliver Projects
Blue Mountains Arts Sector Fostered by Multi-Year Funding to Deliver Projects
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin and Member of the Legislative Council...
Have Your Say on Flood Planning Issues - Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan Questionnaire
Have Your Say on Flood Planning Issues - Lithgow Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan Questionnaire
Lithgow Council is seeking community feedback to assist in the preparation...

What's New

Websites with Impact and Functionality?
Websites with Impact and Functionality?
Stralia Web Like Fresh Air Daily and the Blue Mountains website? Talk to Stralia Web about your next web development project.
Father's Day Italian Cooking Class
Father's Day Italian Cooking Class
Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat Spend quality time with your Dad, Grand dad or Uncle at our hands-on Italian cooking classes. Enquire by email to book.
Father's Day-COVID Style -Delivered $99
Father's Day-COVID Style -Delivered $99
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs Don't miss Father's Day. Chauffeured delivered goodies from $99. Sorry, Blue Mountains Only - Call Rob on 0400500542
Save $$$s off midweek multi-night stays
Save $$$s off midweek multi-night stays
Valley of the Waters Mon-Thurs Cliff View room $249 per double per night, or The Loft suite $269 including cooked or continental breakfasts
Romantic Escape Blue Mountains
Romantic Escape Blue Mountains
Federation Gardens and Possums Hideaway Three night midweek stay $600 in one of our Possums Cabins for Couples
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
OPEN LUNCH+DINNER FRI SAT SUNSee menus for continuing Cv-19 restrictions info. Book online or phone us 10am-6pm, pls leave a message if necessary.View Silk's Brasserie »