Tarpari Wellbeing Day held earlier this year in Port Pirie has been nominated for the SA Health award for innovation and excellence in Aboriginal health.
The day is a community event which focuses on Aboriginal health and culture in a way that promotes reconciliation but also provides a fun, family environment.
The nomination for the award comes from the day’s unique style, where it is known to be the only event in South Australia that brings as many as 53 agencies together on one day, in addition to a variety of communities.
Barbara Daw the Aboriginal health team leader at the Tarpari Wellbeing Centre says the variety of agencies they had at Memorial Park on the day spreads from health services to social services, legal rights, drug and alcohol information and counselling and without them, the day would not have reached level of success that it has.
“Health is more than just the health services that we have locally. Having something here that promotes health across the region is important,” Barbara said.
“It is about the community knowing what services are here for people but also the flip side of that, it gives the agencies that attend the chance to know the community and what their needs are.”
Senior Aboriginal health worker Lynore Lawrie says the biennial event is something that the whole community comes out for, an event where both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can learn about culture.
“I think it is a day that the whole community comes together for. We have had feedback from the community that it is a fun day, they get to see what services are out there, learn a bit more on culture. It is a great day for community.
“Many get to see a lot family they had not seen for such a long time and it was just a great day.”
Each time the event is held, a specific health focus is given and this year the event had a focus on eye health.
Eyes are very important and there are a range of health issues surrounding eyes that also need to be addressed.
Barbara believes that by promoting eye health, they were also able to tackle some larger topics.
“Eyes are very important and the health around eyes, there is glaucoma, macular degeneration and trachoma,” she said.
“There are also a range of health issues that we are able to promote around having eye health and the importance of having regular eye checks. The links to your eye health with chronic disease and other areas, was one of the reasons we chose eyes.”
The team are very grateful for their nomination, saying being nominated itself is a fantastic recognition for the work they do.
“Just to be nominated for an award of this calibre, the outcome of that is yet to be known, but just to be nominated it is fantastic recognition not only for the team but for the community,” Barbara said.
Tarpari Wellbeing Centre hold monthly health check days, a men’s gym group in addition to diabetes days and have a large range of information on other issues in the community.