The Winanggaay (to know, to think, to understand) Project aims to build the school readiness of Aboriginal children, through connection of families, schools, community and services.Delivered in Bathurst to children attending Bathurst’s Towri Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS), the Winanggaay Project is a community driven program that has been co-designed with Towri staff, families and the Bathurst Aboriginal Health Network.
How does the Winanggaay Project work?
The Winanggaay Project will lay the foundation for Aboriginal preschool-aged children attending Bathurst’s Towri MACS Long Day Centre to thrive and live long healthy lives.
The overarching objective of the program is to provide primary healthcare services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, building a health system that continually improves quality and is responsive to health needs. Primary healthcare services offered include:
Maternal and child healthcare
Chronic disease prevention, detection and management
Supporting access to GPs, specialists, allied health and other health professionals
Through the Winanggaay Project, our team will:
Support Towri educators to identify barriers to learning and development vulnerabilities in all children
Coordinate culturally appropriate and evidence-based education and training for families and Towri educators, to improve their capability to support children to learn through improved health and wellbeing (eg healthy lunchbox demonstrations, dental presentations and speech development workshops)
Work in partnership with and build the capability of families to access health, wellbeing and social supports for their child, and provide them with the skills and confidence to manage the ongoing health and education needs of their children
Work with service providers to ensure local supports are culturally safe and accessible, and are integrated, responsive and child-centred
Work with local primary schools, Towri and families to communicate the individual needs of each child and ensure that any health and learning supports are in place prior to the child starting kindergarten
How do l access the Winanggaay Project?
Access to the program is via enrolment at Bathurst’s Towri Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS).
- Call Kylie Lawless (0438 362 981) or Tina Scott (0408 204 412)
- Download our Winannggaay Project flyer
- Read our privacy brochure
This Indigenous Australians’ Health Program – Emerging Priorities Project received grant funding from the Australian Government.