To celebrate NAIDOC week, EMPHN was honoured to host Deputy CEO, Worrin Williams and speech pathologist, Frances Di Cocco from the Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre who came in to speak to us about the remarkable work they do for the community.
Bubup Wilam means ‘Children’s Place’ in Woi Wurrung language – although the service itself has a wider focus. As an Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, and Aboriginal controlled organisation, they provide a unique wrap-around service for children and their families - ensuring the children get the early learning, experiences and health services that enable them to be proud and strong in their Aboriginal identity as the best foundation for lifelong learning, health, and wellbeing.
This holistic approach – that educates and empowers the children and their families to engage and take pride in cultural events, their heritage and identity – also encompasses prevention and early intervention services. The health and wellbeing program includes onsite GP visits, maternal and child health services, hearing tests, counselling and speech pathology. Families are supported on their journey as they navigate new parenthood, practical logistics and, the myriad of challenges that raising children can bring. This approach provides an inclusive, safe environment for Aboriginal-led care and support.
It was wonderful to hear that our funding contributes to this meaningful, strengths-focused program having significant impact on health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal children, their families and their community. Our thanks to Worrin and Frances – and Bubup Wilam!
Image: Frances, Graham (EMPHN) and Worrin at our EMPHN office