Gunawirra aims to work together with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, children, and families by delivering innovative, transformational, and culturally appropriate programs. Their programs focus on healing trauma while their early intervention programs aim to improve lifestyles through positive change.

The Young Aboriginal Mothers Program (YAMP), based in Gunawirra House, Rozelle is an early intervention service for Aboriginal women from pregnancy through to their child starting school. It was formed in response to the need for mothers and their babies to be supported in building stronger, safer and healthier relationships.

The Project engages with, supports, and holds the mothers through the first five years of their child’s life. We provide a therapeutic cultural space where Aboriginal women and teenagers have the opportunity to talk about and understand what has happened in their lives, to be understood and to begin to develop pride and confidence in themselves as women and as mothers. By focusing on and actively supporting the vital healthy links between mother and child, we aim to reduce the impact of intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The Five Big Ideas provides teaching modules, strategies and activities that address five key topics including Basic Hygiene, Nutrition, Handling Problems at Home, Identity and My environment, my land, myself. It aims to increase awareness of and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, and improve understanding of good nutrition for children and families.

As a part of the 5 Big Ideas Program Hygiene Module, Care Packs are given to children to help them understand they can also take care of themselves. The items relate to good hygiene and first aid suitable for young children including things like washing their hands, cleaning their teeth, and putting Band-Aids on cuts.

The role

  • Assist in seeking donated products for care and hygiene packs, new books, Xmas toys for families across Sydney and NSW.
  • Assist in evaluations and research for 4th year students.
  • Learning Indigenous cultures.
  • Assist with promotional material and social media platforms.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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