Our work in Aboriginal Communities
The Foundation continually strives to support men’s health in all communities. Every year Ted Whitten Junior presents the E.J. Whitten Medal to the “best on ground” in the Tiwi Islands Football League Grand Final. The medal celebrates the sporting achievements of the Tiwi Islands community, and raise awareness of men’s health. In 2019, the Foundation partnered with Spark Health to deepen their journey of health promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities.
Wellah Weekend – A finalist in the 2019 VicHealth Awards
An E.J.Whitten Foundation, Spark Health and Victorian Government initiative
March 2019 saw the launch of the ‘Wellah Weekend’, an Aboriginal Men’s health camp which took place at Phillip Island on Boonwurrung Country. An incredible range of Aboriginal influencers (experts in health, nutrition, physical exercise, culture and more) led the 3-day program which centred around health, wellbeing, and culture. Check out the Wellah Weekend flyer
This immersive camp provided men with practical tools to live healthier lives. The program has had a significant impact on the lives of participants:
- 93% of participants met someone new and have established a support network; this can be life-changing;
- 77% are now more likely to have a blood test, and 81% are more likely to screen for bowel cancer;
- 87% claimed the Wellah Weekend made them think differently about their health and wellbeing.
Wellah Weekend was recognised for its contribution to improving health equity within Victoria and was a finalist in the 2019 VicHealth Awards
Check out the footage for yourself to see how programs such as the Wellah Weekend are improving health education and outcomes in Aboriginal communities. Hear first-hand from participants why taking care of your health is so important.
For further information on Wellah Weekend 2 at Lady Lady Northcote YMCA Glenmore Vic on Fri 20 – Sun 22 March go to https://sparkhealth.com.au/pages/wellah-weekend
Check out the Wellah Weekend Highlights
We are excited to share the first video from the Wellah Weekend, an Aboriginal Men’s health camp which took place in Phillip Island on Boonwurrung Country earlier this year. The E.J. Whitten Foundation has been working with Spark Health to create a safe space for Aboriginal men to come together and embrace their health.Spark Health brought together an incredible range of Aboriginal influencers who are experts in health, nutrition, physical exercise, culture and more, to create an intensive 3-day program centred around health, wellbeing and culture.Check out the footage for yourself to see how programs such as the Wellah Weekend are improving health education and outcomes in Aboriginal Communities. To learn more about the Wellah Weekend, head to https://sparkhealth.com.au/pages/wellah-weekendRemember, “It’s Time to Test”#SparkHealth #EJWhittenFoundation #TimeToTest #WellahWeekend #ejwhittenlegendsgame
Posted by EJ Whitten Foundation on Thursday, 22 August 2019
Hear from the participants
To celebrate the 'Wellah Weekend' as a 2019 VicHealth Awards finalist, we want to share Wongatha man Wesley Fuller’s story. Going to his GP made Wesley more aware of important health issues, and he is choosing to tackle his health head-on for long-term benefits. Thank you Wesley for inspiring us all to actively engage in our health. The Wellah Weekend, an initiative by The E.J. Whitten Foundation and Spark Health, brought together Aboriginal Men from all over Victoria to learn about their health in a safe space. #SparkHealth #VHAwards #ejwhittenfoundation
Posted by EJ Whitten Foundation on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
The Wellah Weekend, an initiative by The E.J. Whitten Foundation and Spark Health, brought together Aboriginal Men from all over Victoria to learn about their health in a safe space. Hear from Kyle Vander-Kuyp, ex-Olympian and Worimi and Yuin man, about why initiatives such as the Wellah Weekend are so important in bringing men together, and that it’s ok not to be ok.
Posted by EJ Whitten Foundation on Wednesday, 2 October 2019
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