Healthy Lifestyle Program

The Healthy Lifestyle program (HLP) work closely with the Maternal and Child Health and Clinic teams to focus on prevention and management of chronic disease, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

The HLP program approach is interactive, activities target under fives and parents, school children, teens and adults.

The very successful Tuesday morning Diabetes Drop in Day has a weekly guest speaker and fun activities held at the SSU education room but also include periodic outings. The program has seen the participants take control of their health, reducing their BP’s, weight and blood sugars. Most importantly the participants take the information they have learned back to their families.

The team also provide education and health promotional activities to groups, such as family and babies groups, pre-school, the local schools, and work ready programs. They work with state and Boab allied health services, Aboriginal corporations, Save the Children ensuring shared and culturally appropriate activities.

The team also have a smoking cessation program  worker whose  primary work is  one on one smoking cessation counselling and support for OVAHS clients.  The program also educates OVAHS staff about smoking cessation method  to  use with clients,  and supports other services to promote smoke work environments and smoke free public events.

For further information about OVAHS HLP please ring 9168 1288 ext 269

FASD Prevention Program

Over the past 3 years the FASD team have become leaders, in Kununurra and surrounding areas, in health promotion activities and education.  They have sustained an all of community approach, to education about FASD, using innovative and imaginative ways to increase community knowledge. The program was originally funded through MG OES but is now COAG funded.

The FASD team prioritises the education and support of antenatal clients and their family; providing sessions throughout their pregnancy on FASD, AOD and contraception.

The team have developed cultural, gender and age appropriate program plans and resources which are used when working with individuals, groups, and at community events. These resources are also displayed at places frequented by the community such as other aboriginal corporations, OVAHS clinic, hospital, local hotels, schools, the picture theatre and supermarkets.

To this the FASD team network with other service providers, such as other medical services, work ready programs, rehabilitation, Aboriginal corporations, education department, child care centres and DCP targeting workers and clients to develop opportunities to provide information about FASD prevention to the whole community.

 They provide regular education sessions, including sexual health, to students, both at town and community schools and out of school at camps and youth programs.

For individuals, groups or organisation’s who require information or would like education sessions on FASD please contact 9168 1288 ext 269,  or come into OVAHS medical reception.

SEWB, Mental Health and AOD services

The Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug (AOD), and  SEWB services team offer counselling,  support and referrals  for Aboriginal people experiencing problems with AOD,  trauma,  families and relationships, grief & loss, and/or needing assistance with Bringing them Home. The team work closely with the OVAHS clinic staff and visiting psychiatrist to ensure that clients have holistic health care. The team organise and support people to attend rehabilitation facilities in WA and the NT. 

Contact with clients is at OVAHS or on outreach visits to people’s homes and local communities. The team travel to Wyndham fortnightly to visit OVAHS clients in the township, and at the rehabilitation service.

Although, the primary focuses of the SEWB, MH & AOD services is on counselling, advocacy and referral of individual clients, the team are also active in mental health promotion and educational activities about mental health.

Community people who require support or counselling may come into OVAHS medical reception or ring 9168 1288 ext: 296

OVAHS Inter-generational Trauma Program – “Healing Program”

Established on the first anniversary of the Apology the Healing Foundation is an independent Indigenous organisation engaging communities to develop our healing our way.


Rather than have a tendering system for the Kununurra Inter-generational Trauma Pilot Program local NGO’s nominated OVAHS to be funded by the Healing Foundation  to run the Kununurra Inter-generational Trauma Project. In accordance with funding agreements with MG OES OVAHS is supported with the workers and resources from Save the Children Chilling Space, Gawooleng Yawoodeng  Women’s Crisis Centre, Kununurra Waringarri Men’s Shed,

OVAHS Healing Program has employed a coordinator and 2 family workers to provide programs with camps, activities, and outings aimed at children and young people aged 10 to 20 years . The program does not follow the usual model of diversion programs but will incorporate themes aimed at healing, building self and community pride and understanding.

Families who have suffered Inter-generational Trauma will be invited to work with the Healing Program to support them and their children to overcome the pain of their experiences and move on a Healing Journey. Referral to the Healing Program for families will be from families not from services.

For further information on the Healing Program please ring 9168 1288 ext 269