Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service hosted a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Day on Tuesday, June 5 to address chronic diseases in a culturally sensitive way.
The theme of the event, which was held in conjunction with Country and Outback Health, was ‘Wellness our way’, bringing a host of traditional healers on site for consultation.
The event showcased programs that focus on mental and physical personal care, such as Stepping Stones, headspace and Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation.
Pika Wiya CEO Alan Morris highlighted the importance of integrating traditional healers into medicine.
“We (Pika Wiya) are the largest users of traditional healers, or Ngangkari’s, outside of the APY,” he said.
“Using bush medicine to heal mind, spirit and body are integral to the ongoing success of the Aboriginal community. Their medicine and ways of healing compliment the more traditional western medicine.”
Tom Powell from Red Dust Healing was a guest speaker at the event, focusing on how to deal with grief, loss and trauma.
Country and Outback Health’s Indigenous Health Project Officer Jacinta McKenzie said the day was all about caring for the mind and making better choices.
“Every person and family has different things going on within their life to overcome to be able to get to that next stage,” she said.
“Grief and loss; we have a lot in the community that impacts on people as well. We try to encourage people to look after themselves a bit better to try to deal with it separately.”
The event also gave the organisations the chance to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into Pika Wiya to complete their Medicare Health Assessment.