Apunipima Cape York Health Council will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on August 4 with a range of activities held across Cape York’s remote communities.
Baby One Program Support Officer Faye Humphries who will be in Hopevale (north of Cooktown) on August 4 said Children’s Day was an opportunity to celebrate the next generation.
‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is all about family and cherishing our young ones. Having a national day of celebration of our kids is really special and a chance for community to come together.’
August 4 marks both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and Aurukun Day. Maternal and Child Health Worker Johanna Hunt will be holding a stall in the centre of Aurukun to provide information on maternal and child health and Apunipima’s award winning Baby One Program, a home visiting program which runs from pregnancy until bub is nearly three.
Apunipima and Pormpuraaw’s Pormpur Paanthu Day Care will be launching ‘Healthy Kids, Healthy Teeth, an oral health booklet produced as part of Apunipima Health Promotion Officer Fiona Millard’s Healthy Kids Program. Fiona worked with staff and children at the day care to create words and pictures that demonstrate the importance of caring for your teeth. The project is based around the principles of community’s own solutions and building community capacity.
August 4 also marks the middle of Dental Health Week (1-8 August)!
Maternal and Child Health Nurse and Midwife Robyn Grierson Maternal and Child Health Worker Florida Getawan (also mother of seven) are also focusing on healthy teeth. The pair will head down to Kowanyama State School on Thursday and talk to the kids about the importance of brushing, eating well choosing water over sugary drinks.
Maternal and Child Health Worker Kirstin Kulka will be linking in with Cape York Partnerships on Thursday. A morning tea and lunch will be held at the Wellbeing Centre with Kirstin and a CYP Parenting Consultant providing information on parenting, child health and the importance of immunisation.
Maternal and Child Health Worker Daphne De Jersey will head to Mapoon Playgroup on Thursday and share ways to keep culture alive. Daphne is an accomplished artist and she is planning to provide a range of art activities for the kids including getting them to paint animals and bush tucker and stick things on to a large picture of a snake.
Maternal and Child Health Worker Lauren Ryan and Maternal and Child Health Worker Trainee Carina Denman will be holding a stall outside Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre featuring health information including material on Apunipima’s award winning Baby One Program which looks after mums and bubs from pregnancy through to the child’s first 1000 days, balloons, posters and healthy food. There will also be face painting for the kids and Lauren and Carina will be available to yarn with parents and carers about child health.
Wujal Wujal Playgroup will get a visit from Maternal and Child Health Worker Bettina Sykes who will talk to the kids about the importance of blowing your nose and brushing teeth. Betty will also yarn with the mums about child health.
Children’s Day is coordinated nationally by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration. Each year SNAICC produces and distributes resources to help organisations, services, schools, and communities celebrate.
The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong.
This year’s theme aims to provide a space for everyone to come together to celebrate the achievements of the early learning services and the families and children they support. If we can ensure these services are funded in a sustainable way they can continue to support our kids stand tall and strong.’