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YFER Cross cultural connections thrive in EAST Arnhem

Many women and their families in remote Australian regions experience inequality& fear, culminating in continued poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, newborns and children. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2014 babies born to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers were almost twice as likely to be of low birth weight (less than 2500 grams) than those born to non-Indigenous mothers. Low birth weight can increase the risk of a child developing often preventable health problems throughout their lives.

Core of life for 1000 days

During October this year Tracy and Deb were excited to attend and present at the "First 1000 Days AustraliaSummit" - a three-day event in Brisbane that brought together early life educators, community organisations, social workers, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and others aligned with the First 1000 Days Australian model.

Another 3 Years For Core of Life in East Armhem

YFER has been visiting the East Arnhem region of Australia since 2006. The first Coreof life training was delivered in 2007 and it was from this time that Deb and Tracy along with several members of the YFER team have supported local Indigenous and non Indigenous staff and community to run COL for local young women.

YFER has made many strong connections with Individuals and organisations in the region over the years and is 100% committed to supporting a robust, culturally strong level of reproductive health knowledge and parenting information throughout the community.

Core of Life Northern NSW

The Core of Life Program in the NSW North Coast region is a joint initiative of North Coast Primary Health Network, Northern NSW Local Health District and Youth and Family Education Resource Program.  North Coast Medicare Local Program Officer and Regional Core of Life Coordinator Claire Malseed supports Core of Life collaboration between schools and organisations involved, to ensure a sustainable model of program provision which engages both health and education sectors.

Central Coast NSW Core of Life program expansion

Core of Life, Central Coast (COL CC) has had a fantastic boost of funds for 2016/2017.  Recent submissions from YFER to local Council and the Australian Government were successful and are enabling COL education to reach more young people in our local area than ever before! Past funding from local councils and Primary Health Network to current funding has allowed the program to flow seamlessly from one year to the next with schools like Brisbane Water Secondary College going into the 4th year of having the program.

Dynamic Duo Presents at FPWA Sexual Health Conference

REPORT BY: Terry Doolan
Camp Fire Blackfella Wilcannia

I attended and co presented with Peter Gazey at this 2 day forum.

Our presentation was delivered with Peter giving the COL overview, myself giving the Wilcannia Community relationship with COL and the Darwin Men's Forum information and the future plans pending successful funding to deliver education programs, then Sally Hutchinson joining us to do 2 role plays to show how COL gets the message to community participants.

Yfer shares the top end with Documentary team

Account written by Kate Gorman, CO Director: The Face of Birth.
Due out February 2012. www.faceofbirth.com

For the last leg of our two year shoot on the Documentary The Face Of Birth, we wanted to film stories of Aboriginal women about the importance of choice in place of birth and birthing on country, to complete our look at women who home birth around the world.

With the help and brilliant organizational skills of the Core Of Life team, we were given the unique opportunity of visiting Yirrakala in Far East Arnhem land.

YFER in Africa! Part One..

An amazing time was had by some members of the YFER team in July when they trecked over to the Triennial International Congress of Midwives conference in held in Durban in June.
Deb, Tracy and Annette (Cairns COL coordinator) after months of planning headed firstly to Tanzania for a little warm up exercise and climate/wildlife familiarization.

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