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Celebrating our founder Emeritus Professor Joan Winch in 2018 after 35 years in the making of Marr Mooditj Training

Joan WInch

Our Founder Professor Joan Winch started Marr Mooditj Training to offer Aboriginal people the opportunity to access Training and educational programs that provide skill and knowledge to in Healthcare.

Today Marr Mooditj Training has matured and grown to become one of the Leading Aboriginal Managed Registered Training Organisation in Western Australia delivering Health and Community Services related qualification.

Marr Mooditj continues to be a strong advocate for better health outcomes and is committed to providing recognised qualification to achieve this.

Our motto still today is “Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands”.

Our Community Services Courses

At Marr Mooditj Training we continue to promote awareness of social and emotional wellbeing. We consider total health meaning taking a holistic approach to an individual’s wellbeing. We do this by providing a safe and cultural learning environment where we celebrate our student’s achievements together.

We continue to have the City of South Perth participating, and this year we welcome the City of Victoria Park on board, along with the WA Police Force. We look forward and encourage the wider community to get involved in our community at Marr Mooditj Training.

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Opening the door for men in nursing and primary health care

Aboriginal men in nursing

There are around 360,000 nurses and midwives registered in Australia, and the majority of Midwives and Child Health Nurses are women (98.6%).

At Marr Mooditj Mark Walters (Midwife) and Daniel Larranaga (Child Health Nurse) are all too familiar with being in a minority in the nursing profession. Daniel is an educator in the Enrolled Nursing team, and Mark in the Primary Health Care Practice team. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their teaching, with the drive and enthusiasm that is critical to ensure there is diversity and strength in the health teaching field. Their role as educators and role models is essential in cultivating and sustaining more skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in nursing and primary health care.

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Nursing Educator Daniel’s Reflection on “Resilience in the name of achievement”

Working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education roles over the past 20 years has caused me to ask the questions, “what are the influences that lead our Indigenous Australians to survive, adapt, and overcome in the face of even the most punishing life-stressors”.

If I was to write a book about the amount of ‘Winyan’ (Sad) stories I have heard from students over the years – what they have encountered and still going through – most people would think it belonged in the fiction section of a library.

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Remote Student Travel and Accommodation Support

At Marr Mooditj, 13% of our students enrolled are coming to study from remote locations.

We understand the importance of providing a welcoming and home like environment for our students as they study and so have created travel and accommodation support to make the transition smooth from country to city.

Travel and Accommodation support is provided to remote students under the guidelines of Away from Base (AFB). Each remote student (who must be Abstudy approved) receives assistance with their travel costs, accommodation costs and meals for the duration of each study block.

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Gaining Valuable Skills Through Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Language involves being able to contextualise writing appropriately, speak articulately, pronounce difficult words, and listen and synthesise information, think critically and communicate in a way that enables efficient communication.

Literacy encompasses so much more than merely being able to read and write. Numeracy skills include manipulating and making sense of a range of numerical and graphical information, which includes basic arithmetic (working with numbers), measurement and problem solving.

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Our New Crèche

The crèche facilities being offered to our students has been very active and is a wonderful space to see the children playing and learning while our parent students are in class. Parenting and studying can be quite challenging, and this service provides a solution for families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to study full time. The crèche team has worked tenderly, helping create close bonds with all of the children, and providing them with a safe place to learn and develop new skills.

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A Message From Our Directors

As the end of the year approaches, it is only natural to take some time to reflect and look back at our triumphs and challenges throughout 2017.

The board acknowledges there were some significant changes to our funding as VET Student Loans changed and budgets were reduced. Marr Mooditj has such a rich history and has now entered its 35th year. We have a legacy to protect and will ensure the organisation is viable and thriving in the decades to come. It has been through adaptation, and strategic planning that Marr Mooditj has enjoyed another successful year in face of these new challenges.

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Nyoonak Baldja Karlak Koort Wirn translates to “Your United Home, Heart and Spirit”. Tying into these traditional words, this EXPO was developed by KEEDAC as a networking opportunity to help bring the Northam community together.

Robert Indich and Yebble Issacs attended the expo on behalf of Marr Mooditj and came across a broad range of participants and service providers.

It was a fantastic day, that enabled us to see what individuals and organisations are operating in the area and to spend time meeting with members of the public to gauge interest levels in education and health careers.

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Martika Du’Pont Work Placement Experience at Reach Life

Martika grew up in Perth, however her family is originally from Pingelly, Western Australia. Martika has six siblings, three of which have previously studied at Marr Mooditj, having completed courses such as the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (HLT54115), Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) and Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice (HLT40213).

Martika first enrolled into the Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) in which she completed her practical requirements with St Bartholomews House & Essential Personnel. This qualification reflects the role of workers who support self-directed recovery orientated interventions for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

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