April 2016
Welcome to Boab Banter: Our new look eNewsletter 
Hello and welcome to the first edition of our eNewsletter Boab Banter.

Boab Health Services is a not-for-profit  Primary Health Care organisation providing services to some 34 remote communities across the East and West Kimberley. Our teams work closely with many other organisations to promote the health and well-being of the Kimberley people through clinical service delivery and also health promotion activities.
As a key provider of health services, our team of 38 clinical and corporate staff provides / supports:
  • Mental health generalist counselling, suicide prevention counselling and child mental health services (Broome only).  
  • Allied Health services including: podiatry, diabetes education, dietetics and paediatric nutrition. All clinical services offer clients the option of an individual or often a group session.  
  • Clinical services are supported by the Closing the Gap team who support clients accessing services and act as the organisation's cultural advisers to ensure that our services remain culturally safe and appropriate.
There are numerous group education sessions currently in progress, please read on for further information about these programs. 

With offices based in Broome and Kununurra, please feel free to drop in for a chat as we welcome new ideas and any feedback on our service delivery.

Best wishes

Margie Ware | CEO

Broome Celebrates National Close the Gap Day
Over 200 people attended Boab Health’s Close the Gap community event on Male Oval in Broome. The event acknowledges the National Close the Gap Day held on the17th March, which is a national day of action to pledge support for achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.  The event aimed to bring people together, share information, and deliver positive health messages to the community and to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality. The event attracted a diverse crowd including local community members and visitors, Aboriginal Health Worker students, school groups from Broome Girls Academy (pictured above) and Karratha Clontarf Academy.

The Boab Health Allied Health Team intrigued visitors by demonstrating the use of the lucky iron fish to promote iron absorption and cooking with local boab tree leaves using the eco-friendly, slow cooking wonderbags as an energy saving cooking technique.

Read more here >> about the Close the Gap day activities held in Broome. 

For more information about any of these topics contact Laura Handscombe, Primary Health Care Coordinator on 9192 7888.

Are you a health professional wanting to refer to our services?

Click here to access our referral forms.
DESMOND:  A new awarding winning evidence-based support program for people with type 2 Diabetes now available in the Kimberley
DESMOND Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed
DESMOND is a small-group program which encourages participants to learn from each other, share ideas and to support each other through their journey with diabetes.  As well as getting up-to-date information, participants learn practical skills for managing diabetes and discuss and learn about food choices, physical activity and medication interactions.

DESMOND has recently been facilitated in the East Kimberley as part of the Diabetes Healthy Lifestyle Day initiative with Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS).  Boab Health Services trained DESMOND Educator Leonie Macdonald together with Tobi Macnamara from OVAHS held three sessions with participants providing excellent feedback and showing improved control of their diabetes following participation in the program.

If you are interested in having a DESMOND program held at your organisation or with your community group please contact Leonie Macdonald, Credentialed Diabetes Educator on 9168 2560 or click here to email Leonie.   For more information on the DESMOND program click here.


Boab Health presents at WA Mental Health Conference

Nicole Jeffery-Dawes, one of our Mental Health Professionals from Kununurra presented at the WA Mental Health Conference in Perth in March. Nicole’s session on “Making Professional Networks: The Remote Experience” was well attended by people from a number of organisations, including the Mental Health Commission.  Read more here >>

Contact Nicole Jeffery-Dawes at our Kununurra Office on 9168 2560 for more information.

Healthy Pregnancy and Diabetes Groups
Are you pregnant?  Do you have diabetes?
West Kimberley Diabetes Educator Bernadette and Paediatric Dietitian Emma are now holding monthly education and support groups for mums who have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes or who are pregnant and already have diabetes.

Diabetes can have serious effect on both mum and baby.  This program supports mums to learn how to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

The group meets every month in Broome at either the Boab Health Services office or Broome Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) and also in Derby at Derby Aboriginal Health Services (DAHS) on the following dates:

Broome       11am  - 1pm Derby   10am  - 12noon
April 14th  - Boab Health board room April 21st  - DAHS - SEWB Room
May 12th - Boab Health board room May 19th   - DAHS - SEWB Room
June 9th  - BRAMS 50c room June 16th  - DAHS - SEWB Room

For more information contact Bernadette O'Brien, Diabetes Educator on 9192 7888 or email here.
Boab Diabetes and Healthy Eating Program
West Kimberley Boab Health Dietitian, Jackie and Diabetes Educator Bernadette, have recently commenced a 4 session program for people who have diabetes.  The small group meets every second Tuesday at the Broome Recovery Centre from 10am until 1pm .
"It’s a relaxed setting where participants learn about how to take charge of their diabetes through healthy living"  says Bernadette.  Each session includes:
  • A morning tea
  • A chat about diabetes
  • Learning about healthy food choices
  • A supermarket tour
  • Cooking and enjoying a meal together with time to ask questions about diabetes and food.
  And its FREE!  Anyone interested can contact Bernadette or Jackie at on 9192 7888.
Suicide Prevention training by Internationally Acclaimed Leader
Boab Health Services recently coordinated 'Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal Communities' training in the Kimberley facilitated by Dr Tracy Westerman .  Dr Westerman is of the Nyamal people near Port Hedland, WA and is a recognised leader in the Aboriginal mental health and suicide prevention fields, achieving national and international recognition.

Training was well attended by a broad range of participants including staff from Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service, Young Minds, the Education Department, Standby Suicide Response and Waringarri Resource Centre.  Feedback from the workshop has been very positive and will be utilised in addressing suicide prevention in the Kimberley.

Boab is committed to providing the Kimberley workforce with local opportunities in professional development.  If you have any ideas or feedback please contact John Hadjis, Deputy CEO / Acting MH Manager on 9192 7888.

'Boabians' participate in Deadly Fun Run

A team of  West Kimberley Boab staff members including CEO Margie Ware participated in the second Broome Deadly Fun Run held at Gantheaume Beach on Thursday 24th March to promote leading a healthy lifestyle. The team completed the 3km run / walk despite a rather ominous storm and getting sandblasted by wind! 
Fore more information about the Broome Deadly Fun Run Series click here.

Upcoming Events

13 May           Hummus Day 

2 July              Barramundi Concert - Kununurra
5 - 12 July       NAIDOC Week
10 - 16  Jul      National Diabetes Week

15 - 16 Aug      Maternal and Child Health Workshop - Derby
17 - 18 Aug      Chroinc Disease Workshop - Derby

10 - 14 Oct        Mental Health Week

11 - 17 Oct       National Nutrition Week 

13 - 19 Nov       Pernatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week
14 Nov              World Diabetes Day

Join us

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!  Boab Health Services currently has a number positions available:

Mental Health Manager (Broome based)
Mental Health Professional - West Kimberely (Broome based)
Mental Health Professional - East Kimberley (Kununurra based)

For more information visit our Positions Vacant page.

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5 / 20 Hamersley St Broome  WA  6725

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