Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Funding to expand education program for Aboriginal young people

    19/01/2018 10:10 AM
    • Healthway grant of $514,654 awarded to Mooditj Relationships project
    • Mooditj program empowers young Aboriginal youth with life skills 

    The State Government, through Healthway, has granted $514,654 towards a sexual health and life skills program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years.


    The Mooditj program is delivered State-wide by Aboriginal educators, and designed to inform and empower young Aboriginal people about their sexual health, emotions and feelings, goal setting, puberty and sense of personal identity. 


    Healthway's grant will be used to expand the Mooditj program, with the development, trial and evaluation of new modules in social, emotional and mental wellbeing, resilience and respectful relationships.


    Administered by Sexual Health Quarters (formerly the Family Planning Association of WA), the program is one of many specialist services offered to the community in sexual and reproductive health.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The Mooditj program offers young Aboriginal people the critical tools they need to grow and develop into strong adults, confident in their choices and decisions.


    "Aboriginal youth face serious challenges, with those under 14 years being 12 times more likely to commit suicide than non-Aboriginal youth.


    "This is an interactive program that engages young Aboriginals in ways that are culturally appropriate and creative, using real life scenarios and discussion on serious topics including alcohol and drugs, family and domestic violence and respectful relationships." 


    Minister's office - 6552 6500