New community centre supports indigenous families
By Baydon Widdicombe, Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative
Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative (BDAC) officially opened its new Health and Community Centre in North Bendigo in March 2017, with Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters in attendance.
BDAC provides a range of Health and Wellbeing, and Family Services programs to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the Dja Dja Wurrung Region.
BDAC has a bulk billing Medical Clinic available to the community that includes visiting allied health services.
Family and Community services provide several different programs including:
Family Services- General Family support including goal planning.
Aboriginal Child First- Support for Aboriginal Children in care.
Family Violence Support- Support for families that may experience Family Violence.
Bringing Them Home (Stolen Generations) Program- Supports Aboriginal people to find their family history.
Youth Group- Youth activities on a weekly basis including cultural camps.
Children Programs- Cultural programs for younger children.
Justice Services- Support and Advocacy for justice needs.
Koori Pre-School Assistant- Visits kinders to teach about culture.
BDAC employs more than 70 staff and has the highest employment rate of Aboriginal people in the Bendigo region.
If you would like to know more about BDAC including community events and employment opportunities, please phone Reception on (03) 5442 4947. Alternatively you can visit our website or find us on facebook.
The BDAC Health and Community Centre is located at 119 Prouses Road, North Bendigo. View map.