Primary Health Care students work to ‘Close the Gap’ at Harmony Week Concert

Marr Mooditj students, studying Primary Health Care Practice took centre stage at the City of Belmont’s Harmony Week Concert on Sunday March 20. The concert’s theme was Closing the Gap, so it was a perfect opportunity for students to get out and promote health and wellbeing, and practice some of their core skills.

Five students (Sharika Couchy, Robyn Tommy, Chiannon Stacey-Wallam, Christy Bynder and Nicole Collard) gave up their Sunday afternoon to work with a wide range of community members, from many different cultural groups and across a wide age range. Students took blood pressure and discussed diabetes risks with clients under the supervision of Primary Health Educator Gerry Anderson.

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Welcoming new staff in 2016

Marr Mooditj Training is excited to welcome new staff in 2016, to bring strength and vigour to our team, along with a diversity of experience that will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our students. Over the year we will introduce you to our new staff members with short profiles. This month we introduce Kathryn and Danika.

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Cultural Awareness in 2016

Ken Hayward

Ken Hayward begins the welcome to country with music.

The first Cultural Awareness Workshop for 2016 was delivered on 18 February 2016. Facilitated by Ken Hayward with special guests Josie Boyle sharing her knowledge of bush medicine, the dreaming and her own long experiences in working across cultures and Johnathan Ford, from Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health sharing his organisation’s model of effective health case management.

Carers WA and Joondalup Health Campus staff were in attendance and the day was much appreciated by all. Continue reading

Marr Mooditj Graduate Profile: Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison is using the skills he learned and the confidence he developed at Marr Mooditj in promoting safe sex to young people in his work with sporting groups and schools.

Marr Mooditj Graduate Profile: Brendan Morrison, Health Promotions Officer, Indigenous Projects at the WA AIDS Council (WAAC)

Brendan graduated with a Certificate IV in Mental Health at Marr Mooditj in 2015, and through his work placement at WAAC made a great impression. When he was close to finishing his study, WAAC asked Brendan to apply for a job they had coming up. He didn’t get it, but they were keen to have him on board and offered him another position a short time later.

Mental health was a big step for Brendan. Moving from the mining industry to working with people on very personal and intimate issues is a great example how developing knowledge and skills in a totally new field can take you to places you never knew about. Continue reading

A Flying Start to 2016

Marr Mooditj Blog - A flying start to 2016

Students prepare for their first day in the Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Starting our new teaching year on 1 February brought some familiar faces back to Marr Mooditj with more than 20 students returning to complete their qualifications started in 2015 in Enrolled Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Throughout February we welcomed students in three waves. February 1st saw 38 new students joining us for the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice and the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing).

A short break to February 22nd, the Certificate IV in Mental Health exploded with 50 students enrolled to begin their journey towards working in this vital sector in the community. Continue reading

Marr Mooditj, Good Hands for Aboriginal Health. Graduation 2015

Marr Mooditj Graduation 2015

It was another bumper year for Marr Mooditj, with students graduating at Diploma level in Mental Health and Enrolled Nursing. The graduation was opened with a group of women led by Isabel Brown dancing a welcome to Wadjuk Noongah land, and finished with the Loza Torres Strait Islander men singing and dancing tales of their country for all the graduates and their guests. Continue reading

New Flexibility for Parents in 2016

Two new initiatives have been introduced for 2016 to make it easier for parents with both toddlers and school age children to study at Marr Mooditj. Not only will the new initiatives make it easier to study, the family friendly approach will give students the confidence to know that they can attend to family needs. The year begins with the introduction of the new full time, short day approach for Enrolled Nursing and Aboriginal Health Workers. Students will attend class from 9.30am to 2.30pm to allow them time to drop off and pick up school age children and partners, or to do some of their other business before and after the day’s training. Classes will run continuously during school terms. Continue reading

2015 Health Care Graduates are ready to start their careers

We are proud to announce the upcoming graduation ceremony will take place at Marr Mooditj Training on 11th December at 10:00am.

This year many of our graduates have already secured graduate programs and employment in Hospitals, community clinics, schools and primary health clinics. It’s a great pleasure for the educators at Marr Mooditj to see students achieving their goals in the career pathway they’ve chosen. Continue reading

Marr Mooditj Graduate Achieving at Notre Dame


Dianna-Wright-Marr MooditjDianna Wright has recently graduated from Marr Mooditj with a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2).

Upon graduation, Dianna decided to pursue further education in Nursing to improve mental health in the Aboriginal communities.

Born in Darwin, Dianna is closely connected to WA’s Kimberley region where she spent most of her childhood.  Her mother was born in the Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga.

Earlier this year, Dianna was accepted into the Bachelor of Nursing (Articulation Pathway for Enrolled Nursing diploma) at the University of Notre Dame.  She has enjoyed her first year so far and benefited greatly from the student services at Notre Dame. She is looking forward to using the skills she’s learnt so far in the upcoming clinical placements. Read Dianna’s story →