South Coastal Health and Community Services’ Aboriginal health program, called Babbingur Mia, has been recognised at the recent NAIDOC Perth Awards.
Babbingur Mia (BBM), nominated for being “full of heart and care for their community and people”, came Runner Up in the Program of the Year category.
Staff who attended the recent NAIDOC Perth Awards presentation were blown away by the announcement, because they had not known they’d been nominated by their community.
The NAIDOC Perth Awards recognise and acknowledge outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and businesses who have made a significant contribution to our community in Perth. The Program of the Year Award is open to Not-for-profit organisations that deliver quality programs to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community while based in the Perth metropolitan area. BBM services families in the Rockingham-Kwinana district.
The Babbingur Mia family service is full of heart and care for their community and people.
All the staff work together to support women, children, new mums, mums to be, and men (young and older) for good health and social and emotional wellbeing.
They offer a friendly, flexible and supportive service for the Rockingham and Kwinana areas in the home, community and at Babbingur Mia (meaning a ‘friendly place’).
South Coastal Health and Community Services CEO Dr Gill Walker said all staff were delighted to be honoured by the NAIDOC award– and it was recognition of the hard work everybody put in to support their community and provide a culturally safe space.
“We all share the same vision which supports the empowerment of our community. We engage in whole of organisation training to increase cultural knowledge, be culturally responsive and learn the skills required to recognise, engage and apply best practice approaches to provide culturally safe care and support.
“Culturally safe workplaces are considered crucial to the retention of Aboriginal staff. aAt South Coastal Health and Community Services we achieve cultural safety through cultural awareness training, induction programs and policies and practices which go that one step further.
“We have an active Aboriginal Services Community Advisory group which contributes towards the design and delivery of family and person centred support and services, to ensure South Coastal Health and Community Services responds to the needs and perspectives of the people we support.”
Babbingur Mia provides:
- Midwife pregnancy support
- Mums and mums-to-be health
- Health assessments
- Child health checks
- Mental health support
- Support to access services
- Babbingur Mia Moort Waabiny playgroup
- Mooditj Marra Yarning (women’s yarning group)
- Men’s Yarning Group