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The Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) was established in December 2009

“To establish a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville that provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community”

The Association and its members are committed to working collaboratively and harmoniously to achieve the above vision. To work towards the general betterment of Aboriginal people and, specifically, for the advancement of Aboriginal people in Healesville and the Yarra Ranges.

 

Acknowledgement to Country

The Board of the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Incorporated would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri, and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We would also like to acknowledge those peoples, including Elders, who came to live on Wurundjeri land from all over Australia as a result of dispossession from their homelands, and in more recent times through choice. We will strive to uphold a cultural respect model that further includes and strengthens all our people, stories, traditions and culture for now and future generations.

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Latest News

Aboriginal Health Conference 2012

 

Aboriginal Health - Everyone's Business

Robynne and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette Powell had a great night at the Department of Health ‘Close the Health Gap’ Aboriginal Health conference in May, 2012.  Messages of hope were written on the twigs which were added to Bunjil’s Nest.

 Fiona and Robynne presented at the conference.   We told the story of HICSA and talked about the communities’ hopes for a Belonging Place, and both agreed that Robynne is much more comfortable at public speaking than Fiona. 

HICSA aims are to:


“To establish a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville that provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community”



 

HICSA Newsletter Available

Our latest newsletter is now available

 

Renew our Path

HICSA is very excited to announce funding from the Department of Human Services – Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group to deliver a youth respectful relationships program.  HICSA has partnered with Boorndawan Willam to offer an exciting cultural program where Aboriginal youth (male and female groups) will explore and discuss respectful relationships.  Each group will produce a Possum Skin Cloak where messages of respectful relationships will be burnt into the skins. 

 

These cloaks can then be used for future ceremonies organised by youth.

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Women’s Kitchen Table - Yarning Circle

Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service are holding a Women's Kitchen Table - Yarning Circle.  The program is developed especially for women who have or are currently experiencing Family Relationship issues.  Come along and have a yarn. 

Learn new ways of dealing with conflict and build supports from the staff and other women within the group. 

Remaining dates for 2013:

25th November

16th December.

 

  

Check dates and information by downloading the flyer here.

Close the Gap

For more information on Close the Gap initiatives view the Youtube video Here.