Looking After Ourselves - Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing

Looking After Ourselves is a training resource. It aims to increase the capacity of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service providers who work with, or want to work with, Aboriginal carers to help maintain their health and wellbeing.

Originally developed by Carers NT, Carers NSW has tailored the Looking After Ourselves resource to suit the needs of Aboriginal carers in NSW, with input from Aboriginal communities and the oversight of an Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Looking After Ourselves received the Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing award at the Mental Health Matters Awards 2011, and was also presented at the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Ageing and Technology (FICCDAT) in Toronto, Canada, in 2011.

The Looking After Ourselves resource has five components:

  • Carers and caring
  • Exercise for health and the 'Looking After Me' action plan
  • Healthy eating and good rest
  • Better breathing and learning to relax
  • Talking and listening, health checks and problem solving

The Looking After Ourselves training is based on a train-the-trainer model. It provides participants with the opportunity to explore each of the five resource components including the Looking After Ourselves DVD, and the Aboriginal Carers Relaxation CD.

Participants will receive the Looking After Ourselves Facilitators Training Resource, a Looking After Ourselves Carer Support Resource and a Koori Carer Yarning Resource Manual.

The workshop is open to service providers and Aboriginal carers who work with, or want to work with, carers within the Aboriginal community

If you have any enquiries regarding this program please contact the Education and Training Team on (02) 92804744 or email us on education@carersnsw.asn.au

- Mental_Health_Matters

Recipient of the Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing
award 2011



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Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.