The Waminda health service on New South Wales’ south coast will receive more than $4 million in federal funding for its programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said this week.
Run by South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, Waminda is the only Aboriginal community-controlled health service in NSW providing health and wellbeing services specifically for women and their children.
It focusses on vulnerable women, including pregnant teenagers, homeless women and victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
“Waminda recognises that health encompasses emotional, mental, physical, social, cultural and spiritual health,” Mr Wyatt said.
“The two programs receiving funding are empowering women to be healthier and stronger members of the community.”
Meanwhile in Perth last week, Mr Wyatt launched an Australian-first centre to boost Aboriginal health by fast-tracking social and cultural research.
Mr Wyatt said Murdoch University’s Ngangk Yira Aboriginal Health and Social Equity Research Centre promised new methods of tackling Closing the Gap challenges.
He said the new centre would focus on practical health solutions, including research into the importance of cultural respect, education and equality.