Online Project Showcase
  • Organisation:

    Cape York Partnership

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    67 161 760 738

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  • Geographic Location:

    Far North Queensland

  • Target Groups:

    Rural / Regional


Funding Information

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Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 12 Jan 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • Young Indigenous girls can find themselves stuck in a negative intergenerational cycle with no education, no work, unhealthy relationships, low health and low self-worth.

    They come to us because they want to complete their education, they want a better future for themselves and their families but in most cases have grown up in extreme disadvantage, dysfunction, and destruction.

    The Our Sisters initiative provides a path through a unique trauma-informed educational approach, a strong focus on health and wellbeing, grounded in language and culture.
  • Project Description:
  • First Nations girls need to be healthy and well, with strong cultural identity for optimal learning.

    The Our Sisters program for empowerment integrates trauma-informed education, health, education, ancestral language, and leadership - working with individuals and groups of girls to strengthen emotional regulation, academic capacity as well their self-belief, so they can aspire to become whatever it is they dream during and beyond school.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • Health and Wellbeing
    The research is clear. The gap in communication between Indigenous patients and health practitioners impacts health outcomes. The Ngak Min Health clinic supports the health and wellbeing outcomes of our girls through assessments, information materials in their ancestral language, and providing a culturally safe space.

    The Cape York Girl Academy, Djarragun College, and the Cape York Leaders Program provide a trauma-informed, culturally safe environment for learning, where each girl accesses wellbeing resources, and individual care coordination promotes engagement and retention.

    Language & Culture
    Our Pama Language Centre works with the girls to develop language support packages to develop practical and academic language skills and capacity for girls to support their speech communities and empower them to engage with their young children and siblings in their own languages, for generational impact.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • Leadership
    The Cape York Leaders Program develops the skills and confidence young people need to face life’s challenges and serve as role models for those around them. Ultimately they will develop skills needed to mentor friends and siblings and have
    the confidence to walk in both worlds, embracing their language and culture, and having an impact on all Australians.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Your contribution will connect a girl to the Our Sisters opportunities including leadership retreats on country, tailored ancestral language courses, and a women's health and education program to keep girls in tune with their bodies.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • Our Sisters has an Ambassadors and Champions program where women can voluntarily advocate and fundraise and be recognised in their workplace, among the peers, with their family and friends for the work they do to support Our Sisters.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Djarragun College, the Cape York Girl Academy and the Cape York Leaders Program teach, mentor, and care for 210 Indigenous girls from the Cairns region, Cape York, the Torres Strait, Western Queensland, and the Northern Territory. Each of these girls has individual case plans created for them which are reviewed and updated annually.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Paul Metcalfe

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