Desert Dust Up

Making learning about health fun

The annual Desert Dust Up event brings together the nine schools from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School for three days of fun activities including hip hop, art and culture workshops, active games and health education sessions.

We would like to thank the event organisers and the Ngaanyatjarra communities for inviting us to be a part of this great event! We look forward to Desert Dust Up every year!

Warakurna 2014

Again in September 2014 the Diabetes WA Aboriginal Health team partnered with Foodbank WA to deliver nutrition and cooking sessions to students as part of the annual Desert Dust Up festival in Warakurna.

Over the 2 and a half day event, nine 45 minute cooking and nutrition sessions were run with students from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands School campuses, with six recipes being cooked in each session. That’s 54 meals! Luckily we had some fantastic helpers from other agencies and the community.

When the team wasn’t busy cooking up a storm with the kids they had the chance to get involved with other activities at the festival and to meet lots of great kids, teachers, agency staff and community members.

On the last day, a training session was delivered to staff from Ngaanyatjarra Health (NG Health) and NPY Women’s Council. This included a food label reading training from Foodbank WA and a brief Feltman training from Diabetes WA. We also provided the local health services with Diabetes WA Diabetes Management Pictorial Guides and Gary Goanna books to use in the Ngaanyatjarra communities.

Download some of the recipes we cooked at Desert Dust Up!

Warburton 2013

In September 2013 Diabetes WA was thrilled to be invited to attend the Desert Dust Up event in Warburton, in partnership with Foodbank WA. This was our first trip to a community in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, however we were well looked after by the experienced Foodbank WA staff and staff from the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service and NPY Women’s Council.

Thanks to Foodbank WA we were able to work together to deliver 18 cooking and nutrition/diabetes workshops throughout the event.



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