First Round Project
The principal of Yakanara Community School called the Aboriginal Health Team in early 2014 and expressed her want to do something within the school and community to make everyone more aware of diabetes and how it can be prevented.
Gary Goanna books and Aboriginal health pictorial guides were sent to Yakanarra and distributed amongst the community, and the school applied for a Strong Culture grant.
With a small population of approximately 150 people, a whole-of-community approach was used in the delivery of their first project.
A whole of community camp on the Fitzroy River called “Old Station” (the original site of Cherrubun station). The camp was an opportunity to discuss traditional foods, catch fish and cook them in a traditional way, whilst discussing the resources provided by Diabetes WA and the issue of diabetes, healthy eating and exercise.
Second Round Project
Yakanara were keen to keep the momentum going and applied for the second round of Strong Culture grants.
This time their project focussed on educating students within the school about healthy eating and cooking using the Strong Culture: A Road to Good Health resource manual and the Gary Goanna storybook.
A dietitian from the RFDS talked to the students about healthy food choices and bush foods.
The students planned a ‘Gary Goanna Café Night’ where community members came and dined on healthy foods cooked by the students. This activity required students to develop skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and food preparation.