October 2016
Update from our CEO

Welcome to Boab Banter, the last edition for 2016. Again it has been another busy year for the team at Boab Health with an increased demand for our services by 20% from the previous year.  This certainly highlights the need for Boabs’ allied, mental health and care coordination services across the Kimberley. Services continue to be provided to some 34 remote communities across the East and West Kimberley and have grown to include several new programs which have been highlighted in the newsletter. The organisation now has 14 programs which aim to keep people healthy but also to address the challenges of chronic disease.

There has been some changes to services delivered with more focus on coordinated multidisciplinary approaches which are client focused and includes more collaboration with our partner organisations. Over 300 group sessions have also been facilitated including healthy eating cook ups, education on healthy choices and behavioral changes which promote wellbeing.

The health sector continues to be under review with changes in directives from the Commonwealth. We look further to 2017 for new opportunities to work with our partners to further contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the Kimberley people.

Best wishes,

Margie Ware | CEO
Annual Maternal and Child Health Workshop draws a crowd in Derby
The annual two-day inter-agency Maternal and Child Health (MCH) workshop was this year held in Derby.  Nearly 70 participants from across the Kimberley attended, including midwives, child health nurses, allied health staff, Aboriginal health workers, kindilink facilitators, GP’s and paediatricians.  Day one kicked off at Mowanjum Aboriginal community with a smoking ceremony demonstration and discussion of traditional bush medicine.  Participants then moved into town for updates on MCH in the region.  The theme for day two was 'The First 1000 days', highlighting the importance that nutrition and the early years environment, from conception to our second birthday, can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health well into the future.  A range of speakers from across the Kimberley and interstate (including both Boab Health paediatric nutritionists Emma Robinson and Tracy Raymond) covered early years stress, nutrition, breastfeeding and current research, before participants were asked to create a ‘spider-web’ activity depicting the complex inter-relatedness of The First 1000 days on our health.  Read more here
Tackling Chronic Disease through partnerships in the Desert
The East Kimberley Boab Allied Health team has been working in collaboration with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service clinic staff at Mulan Aboriginal Community to facilitate one-stop chronic disease education and health check workshops. Headed by local woman and Aboriginal Health Worker, Shirley Brown, these workshops include education, support and services provided by our Podiatrist, Diabetes Educator and Dietitian. In a region that has some of the highest chronic disease burdened population groups (per capita) in Australia this one-stop shop is a step in the right direction for effective treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Boab Health plans to carry on supporting Shirley's coordination with continued regular visits from our allied health team in order to kick some goals in preventing and reducing chronic disease in the Kimberley.  For more information about this program contact our East Kimberley Podiatrist Linda Beukes.
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.

Closing the Gap (Integrated Team Care Program)
Our Closing the Gap team aim to support Aboriginal people living with chronic disease through care coordination and the provision of supplementary services.  Our Closing the Gap 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;
  • ASIT Suicide Prevention Program;
  • Clinic supervision for mental health staff;
  • In-services to local organisations around mental health, diabetes, health eating etc.
 To find out more about these programs contact John Hadjis, Deputy CEO on 9192 7888 or email John here.
Access our Referral Forms here
New East Kimberley Youth Program off to a Flying Start
 Boab Health's new youth program facilitated in Wyndham is off to a flying start with young people aged 12 to 15 years supported through activities such as health education and learning life skills that promote positive coping strategies and informed decision making skills.  The program also provides opportunities for individual counselling and further support. The program is funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is supported by Wyndham District High School and the local Community.  The program is currently in the process of being rolled out in Kununurra.  For more information please contact the program coordinator Dr Nicole Jeffery-Dawes on 9168 2560 or via email.
Did  you know 2016 is the year of the legume?
Although 2016 is nearly over, it is worth celebrating this is the year of the legume!  Legumes, or pulses are not just for vegetarians!  They are an affordable food, a high source of fibre, good source of protein and are low in saturated fat .  Click here to find out more about the wide range of benefits of the humble legume.  Nutrition Australia have put together six simple recipes to increase your intake of legumes. Get your recipes here.
Top 10 Tips to promote positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
Simon Dann, one of our Mental Health Professionals based in Kununurra has put together his top 10 tips for staying mentally healthy:
  1. Get regular exercise. We are fortunate to be living in the Kimberley which is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes - make the most of our beautiful environment.
  2. Get regular sleep- banish phones / tablets from your bedroom and avoid caffeine after 3 pm.
  3. Be mindful of your thinking - catch yourself thinking unhelpful thoughts which worsen stress and let them go!
  4. Spend time doing pleasurable activities that restore and replenish your energy and resilience.  Remember to Act, Belong, Commit - read more here.
  5. Eat a balanced diet.  We generally feel better when we eat well.  Read more here .
  6. Practise slow and deep breathing, particularly when you are feeling stressed.
  7. Practise Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercises - one of our mental health staff can show you how to do these or read more here .
  8. Practise structured problem solving - break down problems into possible solutions and develop a step-by-step plan to tackle them.
  9. Set realistic time frames and prioritise what's most important to you.   
  10. Remember to see the lighter side of life with friends and colleagues - what we put into these relationships is what we get out!
For more information about our Mental Health services contact Josie MacCormack, Mental Health Manager on 9192 7888 or email Josie here.
Act, Belong, Commit -  Boab staff volunteer across the Kimberley
Boab has recently been nominated for the WA Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards 2016.  These awards acknowledge the important contribution made by employers in the delivery of emergency services in WA.  Pictured above left  is CEO Margie Ware (middle) with Podiatrist Linda Beukes (St John's Ambulance volunteer) and Mental Health Professional Nicole Jeffery-Dawes (Kununurra Volunteer Fire Rescue volunteer) from the East Kimberley.  Pictured right is Margie Ware with Mental Health Manager Josie MacCormack volunteering in action at the kitchen of Feed the Little Children in Broome. 

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