PROUD KAMILAROI WOMAN RECOGNISED AT DARWIN CONFERENCE
An innovative program providing tailored support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been recognised at a prestigious international conference.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Services Our Way (SOW), delivered by the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO), ensures Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive culturally appropriate support to empower them to achieve their goals.
“It is great news to hear of the success of SOW program manager Elizabeth Ervine, a proud Kamilaroi woman from Tamworth, showcased the success of the initiative at the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference in Darwin.
“The SOW model works because it is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the people it serves.
“I’m excited to see this program thriving in regional NSW and delighted it’s being highlighted on the world stage.
“Housing is an issue that affects a number of constituents in Tamworth and other regional centres, so it is great news to hear of this recognition,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said over the past 18 months, the program has supported more than 250 families in 17 Local Government Areas across NSW.
“By working face to face with some of our community’s most vulnerable people, SOW has delivered some incredible results,” Mr Ward said.
“Aboriginal staff work collaboratively with clients, to help address holistically the underlying causes contributing to daily instability and challenges.”
AHO Chief Executive Jody Broun said the program is helping people turn their lives around.
For more details on SOW, visit www.aho.nsw.gov.au/programs/services-our-way