August 2017 
Boab Staff att Waringarri's 30th Anniversary Celebrations in Kununurra.
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Update from our CEO
Boab Health Services was successful with all applications for ongoing program funding for 2017-2018. This included some growth in current program areas and several new contracts promoting youth health in the east Kimberley. With recruitment currently a priority there will be several new Boab team members as the team grows to 47 staff. We finished the financial year with programs having met all funding requirements and service performance well exceeding targets, positive feedback from both clients and partner organisations so overall lots to celebrate!
With the new financial year’s contracts, there has been significant changes to Boab’s service models including the establishment of the Kimberley Mental Health Portal. Whilst mental health services will still  focus on clients with a mild-moderate mental health issue, there will be stronger interface with the State mental health service and other service providers to ensure a more streamlined referral pathway and ultimately clients connect to the right service.

The programs funded to address and prevent chronic disease are focusing on outcomes for clients including clients experience, systems improvements and data collection. Numerous conversations are happening with our partner organisations with commitment to further collaboration to ensure clients are supported and receive the best care.

Within Boab we have had several months of Team, Executive and Board planning culminating in our All Staff planning days in early September which will include a cultural competence workshop with Tracey Westerman. October will be another busy month with accreditation review against the Primary Health Care Quality standards and the National Mental Health Standards. Boab is one of few NGOs in the Kimberley who have dual accreditation, highlighting the organisations commitment to providing quality services.

Busy times and as always we welcome any feedback or the opportunity to have a chat about our services.

With kind regards, 
Margie Ware | CEO
Waringarri 30th Anniversary Celebrations
On the 6th July Waringarri Radio celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a Community Celebration as part of NAIDOC Week. The celebrations included a a Family day and Film night featuring Aboriginal performers and Aboriginal themed movies and short films. There was a jumping castle, water slide, information stalls and a massive feed.
Boab Health Service  provided salads for the event, catering for approximately 1000 attendees. We made a delicious garden salad and a creamy coleslaw (recipe at the end of this newsletter).
Boab Health also ran a stall featuring Feltman, with Mirriwong translations of his body parts to link in with the 2017 NAIDOC theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’. Children and young people were encouraged to draw and write ‘5 Things that make me strong and deadly’ focussing on mental and physical wellbeing. Some of their ideas included eating healthy vegetables, talking to friends, playing sport, being strong in their culture and sleeping. One of our favourites is shown below
Special thanks to Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre for their translating services, Save the Children for the use of their kitchen, Tobi Macnamara from Allied Health for her help in the kitchen and Bothkamp Farms for donating delicious rock melons and honeydew melons for the event.

 Podiatry Foot Care Action Packs   

The High Risk Foot Ulcer Clinic is a new initiative by Boab Health Services Podiatry in partnership with Broome Aboriginal Medical Services (BRAMS) to provide coordinated and intensive management for people in the community with active high risk foot complications including foot ulcers and who are at risk of lower limb amputation. There are approximately 15 lower limb amputations annually in the Kimberley region which equates to 2-3 times the national average. The High Risk Foot Ulcer Clinic provides treatment, education and follow up. Live it Forward together provided funding for the production of 60 Foot Care Action Packs to be issued to each patient who attends the High Risk Foot Ulcer Clinic. The packs provide the practical items required for clients to self-care for their feet, along with resources to guide their self-help outside of the clinic.
These resources include information on the self-management of foot ulcers, and basic self-care of feet to prevent future complications. As a result of these Foot Care Action Packs, high risk clients have practical first aid items at home in the case of foot emergencies, and they also have an increased awareness of their feet and what they can do to keep their feet healthy. It is expected, in the long term, that clients who develop and demonstrate skills in self-management will be less dependent on podiatry and require less frequent review appointments. Read the full story here  

Super Student Ellen! 

What an impact Podiatry student Ellen made in her short time with the West Kimberley Podiatry team . Ellen impressed with her enthusiasm, cheerfulness and her passion for her chosen profession, even early in the morning! We wish her all the best for a bright future... maybe somewhere in the Kimberley?

World No Tobacco Day at BRAMS

The Broome ITC team held a popular stall at the World  No Tobacco Day event held at BRAMS in Broome on 31st May, pictured here with WAPHA Regional Coordinator Rodney Carpio (centre).

Boab Dreaming

'Boab Dreaming' by Geraldeen Roberts, was awarded third place in an Art Competition run by Wunan for the East Kimberley Art Awards. 


Towards the end of last term the YES program girls were invited to participate in an art competition run through Wunan for the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards. The competition was to design a painting in keeping with this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. The activity was facilitated by the Boab Health Youth program, where, the first week the young people discussed the theme of NAIDOC – what language means to them and what makes them feel strong in their culture. The second week the young people used water colour and acrylic paints to tell their story of language, culture and country.  

Seven of the girls produced paintings that were entered into the competition; Billie Evans, Melati Boombi, Geraldeen Roberts, Jodeen Roberts, Desiree Bidwee, Jaylene Gore and Mahalia Meehan. The Wunan competition organiser Daniel King was thrilled to receive the Yes program’s entries and provided certificates of participation. The competition had three prizes with Geraldeen Roberts winning third place for her painting ‘Boab Dreaming’. Geraldeen painted the boab as a symbol of feeling strong on her country. Geraldeen won a $250 voucher to Betta Electrical. The paintings have been photographed and will be shown on the big screen at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards to share the girl’s stories with the community.

What is the YES program? 

YES (Youth Engagement Strategy)  is an  alternative education program for young people in Kununurra who are alienated from the educational structure and environment. It is still a part of Kununurra District High School however is run out of the youth hub at Save the Children and has a focus on providing an alternative structure to schooling with different opportunities for the young people to receive their education.
Rural Health West Conference
 ITC Care Coordinator Raelene Banks chats with Saroo Brierley, author of 'A Long Way Home' on which the movie 'Lion' is based,  at the recent Rural Health West Aboriginal Health Conference held in in Perth on 1-2 July. Helen from our Integrated Team Care program  presented at the conference, supported by Raelene and other Boab staff who attended..

Feltman Training at BRAMS

A diabetes self-management education session using ‘Feltman’ was held at BRAMS on 4th July, facilitated by Broome staff members Amy Freeman (Podiatrist ) and Bernadette O Brien (Diabetes Educator).  The training targeted clients of BRAMs with type 2 diabetes and four people attended. The session delivered was a condensed version of the DESMOND material which aimed to appeal to and therefore increase ATSI participation in diabetes education.  Participants on the day showed a lot of interest and engaged extremely well in the activities

Poorly or unmanaged Type 2 diabetes is a major influence on poor health outcomes within the ATSI population of the Kimberley. The poor health outcomes are largely preventable. Accessing culturally appropriate diabetes education services will increase the understanding of diabetes, its management and complication prevention.  

Comments from participants included “When is the next one?” and “More people should come to this – I’ll be telling people” Click here to read the full evaluation of the session

Stop press... Upcoming DESMOND session in Broome

DESMOND is an award winning evidence based health program for people living with type 2 diabetes. A one day DESMOND session has been organised for Broome on 16th November 2017.  During a single day  DESMOND session  you will gain practical skills and learn about food choices, physical activity, medicines and more!  Clients can self register or be referred by GP or Practice Nurse. For more information please click here or download our  registration form.

Kununurra Office Visitors 

Josie Farrer MLA popped into our Kununurra office for a cuppa and a chat with Boab's Community Development officer for Kutjungka region, Gian Mazzella. Josie was in Kununurra attending the Coroner's inquest into high rates of suicide in Indigenous communities in WA's north and was keen to catch up with Gian and staff.

Hello and Goodbye 

Welcome to our new Paediatric Nutritionist Bernadeen Gibb (pictured left) who started at Boab on 31 July, taking over from Emma Robinson. Luckily Emma was able to spend some of her last busy week at Boab handing over to Bernadeen.  Welcome Bernadeen and good luck Emma !
Coleslaw Salad Recipe
Grate cheese and carrots, chop all other ingredients.
Shake dressing in a jar and pour over salad, mix well.

Coleslaw Salad

¼ Cabbage
2 Carrots
1 stalk Celery
½ Red Onion
¾ cup Grated Cheese 
Sunflower & pumpkin seeds (optional)

Coleslaw Dressing

½ cup Yoghurt
1 Tbs Mayonnaise
½ Lemon, juiced
1Tbs Wholegrain mustard
½ tsp Honey.
Overview of our services and unique staff  
Boab Health provides a broad range of programs across the Kimberley region to support the Kimberley community to stay healthy and prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease, including mental health.

Allied Health
Our Allied Health Team consists of Credentialed Diabetes Educators, Podiatrists, Dietitians and Paediatric Nutritionists.  In addition to providing one-on-one support to clients we provide a range of health promotion programs including professional development and in-services, healthy eating and cooking programs, diabetes support groups, mums and bubs programs and education sessions in local schools.

Mental Health
Our team of qualified Mental Health Professionals provide evidence-based focused psychological strategies to individuals and groups with mild-to-moderate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  Our clinicians are often uniquely specialised in broader areas of psychological interventions including art therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, ACT, and play therapy.

Integrated Team Care Program (ITC)
Our ITC team aim to support Aboriginal people living with chronic disease through care coordination and the provision of supplementary services.  Our ITC team consists of Aboriginal Health Workers and Nurses who take on the role of Care Coordinators, as well as Program Officers and  Aboriginal Outreach Workers.  For more information about this program click here.

Programs we offer
Boab Health offers a diverse range of programs to the Kimberley community, including:
  • Diabetes Support Programs:  DESMOND and Diabetes Interest Group for people living with Diabetes;
  • Clinical supervision for mental health staff;
  • In-services to local organisations around mental health, diabetes, healthy eating etc.
 To find out more about these programs contact the Broome office on 9192 7888.
Access our Referral Forms here

Upcoming Events

September                       Fruit and Veg Month 
11th - 18th September     Shinju Matsuri (Broome)
14th September                RU OK? Day
9-13th October                  Mental Health Week


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Are you passionate about working in remote health, working with diverse cultural groups and providing best practice care?  Are you flexible, organised and adventurous?  If yes then we want to hear from you!  Email your CV to our Recruitment Officer here.  For more information visit our Positions Vacant page.
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