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

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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

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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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Nursing Students love their clinical practice times in the simulated classroom

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This course is another pathway for Aboriginal people to gain registration as an Enrolled Nurse and work across a variety of domains such as Child Health, Mental Health and Theatre Nursing. There may be scholarships available through the Western Australia Health Department that may assist in student training fees.

If you love working with people and are passionate about helping others when in need, then this profession is for you and it can lead you to greater higher career pathways into higher education.

We will support you through the training and facilitate your clinical placements, our environment promotes student to connect with each other and build positive relationships.

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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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2018 Marr Mooditj Open Day

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The much-anticipated 2018 Open Day event held at Marr Mooditj took place on Friday the 19th of January. The sunny start to the day made for the perfect atmosphere for the community to come out, play and enjoy the outdoor activities we offered.

This year our Open Day was designed to bring awareness to the local community surrounding the training programs we offer, network and connect with everyone on a fun filled day for all to enjoy.

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

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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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Nursing Program Highlights of 2017

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This year Marr Mooditj was given o cial accreditation for a new Diploma of Nursing course from the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council. We were also granted registration for a new Diploma of Nursing course from the Training Accreditation Council.

We are also delighted to share with you that there will be 16 students who will be graduating as enrolled nurses this year. We are immensely proud of their achievements. It is no easy feat and these students have proven they have the nurturing skills, compassion and technical drive to succeed in their exciting careers.

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Change Da Shame Mini Expo

Developed by Mental Heath Students

On November 28-30th last month, the “Change Da Shame” Mini Expo kicked o at the Waterford Plaza.

Change Da Shame was developed to help bring awareness to bringing down the barriers of stigma, shame and silence.

The fundamental principles encourage community members to talk about their problems, tell someone how they feel about concerning issues that contribute to their health and start the journey of their heal healing processes.

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