March 2020

Update from our CEO

Welcome, all!
Hoping everyone has had a chance to smell some petrichor – the smell of the land after rain.
There has been movement at this station over the last quarter, with the launch of our new Strategic Plan 2020-25.  A plan which hopefully delivers on our bold new brand.
The brand, whilst we love it, is more than just a logo.  It is the embodiment of the character, commitment, expertise and effort of all our staff and our stakeholders.  That brand we hope is conveyed in the following pages of this Boab Banter newsletter.
Please read the stories and reflect on that old Paul Kelly song – “From little things, big things grow”.  Seems fitting for us and for this time of year.

Matt Burrows | CEO

Launch of our 2020 - 2025 Strategic Plan

Planning anew...It feels the winds of change have picked up in Boab Health’s sails and a new and exciting journey has started. 

With renewed leadership using a different set of lenses, this small regional health service is ready to come of age and be all it can be...  Read more here.

Upcoming Managing Emotions Course in Broome

We are pleased to announce our FREE Managing Emotions 12-week course is commencing in April 2020.

Developed in collaboration with Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service (KMHDS), this program is designed to help people who have difficulty regulating their strong emotions and the distress this can cause day-to-day.

For details on this course, click here.

Mental Health support for Fitzroy Valley

Nicola Woodin is back with Boab Health Services as our Mental Health Professional providing a fort-nightly service to Fitzroy Crossing and communities in the valley.

Nicola is available to see adults who would like to engage in therapy / counselling. Nicola sees people with depression, anxiety, or those who are feeling low in mood, confused, upset or distressed. Many people she works with have experienced trauma or grief and loss. Both women and men can access this service to talk about problems at home or in their family relationships.

Sometimes Nicola uses art or other creative ways of helping people feel comfortable and free to start telling their stories. She is interested in family and what keeps people strong, as well as their problems and concerns.  Nicola is available to see clients in her office, and can also offer home visits or at other locations where the client feels safe and comfortable.

Nicola has worked as a clinical psychologist for around 20 years and has a passion for trauma work and community psychology. She has worked in remote and rural areas of South Africa, and in the Kimberley for the past seven years. Nicola has loved learning and working in communities such as Halls Creek and Fitzroy Valley.

To refer a client to this service please complete our Mental Health Referral Form.

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact Nicola Woodin on 0438 529 072 or email

10 tips to improve your gut health

Our dietitian Trinda recently shared this article with our staff at Boab Health Services as a part of our commitment to promote healthy eating within our workplace.

Our staff loved this article so we thought we'd share it with you.  

 First off, some quick definitions:

Microbiota – the name for the mixture of bacteria, fungi and yeast in your digestive tract! ‘Your collection’, if you will 😊

Probiotics – live microorganisms such as bacteria, we all have some in our guts already and this is the product you are looking at when you see probiotic supplements at the store but they’re also found in food such as yoghurt and fermented milk (Yakult/Kefir)

Prebiotics – food for your healthy gut bacteria. Prebiotics get fermented by gut bacteria and helps maintain gut health. These are often found in high fibre foods (whole grains, fruits, veg and more)

Read the full article here: 10 Ways to reset your gut health

Source:  Australian Healthy Food Guide

Upcoming events

19 March             National Close the Gap Day - Broome

30 March             Foot Health Assessment Course - Broome

31 March             Chronic Disease Self-Management Support Course - Broome

2 April                 Managing Emotions 12-week course - Broome

2 April                 Foot Health Assessment Course - Kununurra

3 April                 Chronic Disease Self-Management Support Course - Kununurra

4 - 5 August        Kimberley Chronic Disease Workshop - Derby

Visit our What's On page to keep up-to-date on our latest courses and event.

Join our team

We have some exciting opportunities to join our highly regarded not-for-profit organisation and make a real difference in peoples lives.

Hurry!  Closing date is fast approaching.  

Mental Health Professional - Adults, youth and families - Kununurra

Senior Mental Health Professional - Broome / Fitzroy Crossing

Integrated Team Care (ITC) Coordinator - Kununurra

Closing date for these three positions:  9 March 2020
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