Fun event spreads vital health advice

Clockwise from top left: Santanna Cound, Violet Cound (2) and Kimmy Wallam; podiatrist Ryan Constantine and Tim Ututaonga; health liaison officer Maureen Kelly with Brodie Cockie, Mary Hart and Patricia Cockie; Urban Youth and Fresh Flava dancers.
Clockwise from top left: Santanna Cound, Violet Cound (2) and Kimmy Wallam; podiatrist Ryan Constantine and Tim Ututaonga; health liaison officer Maureen Kelly with Brodie Cockie, Mary Hart and Patricia Cockie; Urban Youth and Fresh Flava dancers.

More than 20 heath-related organisations from the south metropolitan area converged on the area to talk about the importance of health with Aboriginal people.

The event kicked off with a Welcome to Country from Fremantle elder Sealin Garlett and also included entertainment from indigenous dancers, singers and a didgeridoo player.

SMPHU Aboriginal Health manager Val Swift-Otero said the event was a way to provide a non-confrontational environment that would give Aboriginal people a chance to talk about their health, receive a free check and talk about services on offer in the area.

‘This event provides a space where people can feel comfortable talking about their health, and where they can find out about services they might not have connected with previously,’ she said.