Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Sports program to support Aboriginal children’s mental health

    20/06/2022 1:00 PM
    • Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation receives $600,000 through Healthway
    • Funding contributes to the delivery of the Kimberley Active Program over the next three years
    • To promote positive mental health to Aboriginal children and young people in a culturally appropriate way

    The McGowan Government has announced funding for Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation (Garnduwa) to promote mental health through its annual sport and recreation program over the next three years.


    The Think Mental Health campaign will be promoted through its Kimberley Active Communities Program, which delivers sports carnivals, competitions, and events to Aboriginal children and young people. 


    Culturally appropriate mental health resources and support will be available to all participants taking part in the program, a health and wellbeing policy will be developed and implemented, and staff will receive mental health training.


    Healthway will also work with Garnduwa to ensure healthy food and drinks are available at all activities and events.


    To find out more about Healthway grants visit www.healthway.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "We want Aboriginal children and young people in our regional communities to receive the support they need to live healthy and active lifestyles.


    "Garnduwa has strong connections to the local community, provides programs specifically for Aboriginal people and is ideally placed to deliver positive mental health messaging and support."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "The funding will help to develop culturally appropriate resources so young Aboriginal people will learn how to look after their mental health.


    "Its program brings communities together to participate in physical activity and allows conversations around positive wellbeing."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900