Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place Association


Reconnect (Youth) Program
The Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place, through the Indigenous Reconnect Coordinator, delivers an innovative eight-week program to Aboriginal students to reconnect to their culture and identity. The eight-week program involves students using art, dance, music and games to target positives and the riches in their Aboriginal culture. This program is delivered continuously throughout the year to secondary schools in the west.

Western Suburbs NAIDOC Program (National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee)
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in the first full week in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Western Suburbs NAIDOC Committee consists of a wide range of representation from Local Government Areas, Victoria Police and mainstream service providers. The Committee is responsible for organising NAIDOC activities during NAIDOC Week, which involves the Western Suburbs NAIDOC Committee commencing their planning as early as February of each year to the end of June.
The week is celebrated not just in the Aboriginal community, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.

Women's Wellbeing
The Women's Wellbeing Coordinator develops culturally specific programs that raise the awareness and understanding of women's health and wellbeing, in particular, developing strategies to prevent the development of chronic illness such as diabetes. The coordinator implements programs that focus on food, nutrition, physical activity and motivation, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Parenting Program
Centacare Catholic Family Services conducts parenting programs at the Gathering Place that consists of an eight-week program. The parenting program covers a wide range of parenting programs that consists of skills support and development for new and continuing parents.

Planned Activities Group
This program enhances the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of older people and people with disabilities, in order to support and encourage their independence and participation in the community. Ongoing planning consists of a wide range of program activities which are varied and responsive to the needs of the individual and the group.

HACC & Care Management Assessment
The Assessment & Care Management Officer is responsible for providing assessments and developing Care Needs for Elders and for the disabled. This position is accountable for objective and professional decision making about the service eligibility and needs of Home & Community Care (HACC) services for the western suburbs Aboriginal community.

Cultural Program
The Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place provides a wide range of cultural programs, particularly in primary and secondary schools, in the west and other mainstream services that require assistance with delivery of cultural respect programs, representation of welcome/acknowledgement to country at events, Aboriginal dancing groups etc.

Save the Children Mobile Playgroup
Save the Children conducts a Mobile Playgroup at the Gathering Place and at ISIS Primary Care. The playgroup at ISIS Primary Care is a collaboration between the Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place, Westgate Division of General Practice, ISIS Primary Care, Save the Children and Wyndham City Council. The playgroups are every Monday (10:00am to 12:00pm) at the Gathering Place and every Tuesday (10:00am to 12:00pm) at ISIS Primary Care in Hoppers Crossing.

Health Promotions Program
The Health Promotions Office is responsible for developing a Health Promotion Plan that is responsive to the requirements of the western suburbs Aboriginal community. A comprehensive approach to individual and community centred care, spanning general health issues to chronic prevention and management programs, are the focus and priority of this program.

Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG)
The Gathering Place has established a Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (LAECG) in the western suburbs. LAECG's are voluntary bodies and are made up of a broad range of local Aboriginal community members who play a significant role in providing the important links between Aboriginal communities and educational institutions. LAECG's are the vehicle through which parents and community members can have a say about all matters relating to their children's education and represent local community perspectives.