Katina Law speaks about her experiences in starting a business to the forum of 40 people.
The first ever Peel Aboriginal Business Forum was held on August 27 in Pinjarra, as a collaboration between IPS and the Peel Development Commission.
The Forum was designed to help and support Aboriginal Businesses to make the most of government opportunities in the region.
IPS played a key role in the forum. IPS Managing Director Katina Law shared with participants her own experience in starting a business, and some of the important lessons she learned along the way.
IpCreative CEO Doug Green MC’d the event. Other speakers included the Peel Development Commission’s Tahlia Jones, and Mandurah-Murray Employment Facilitator Maryanne Baker.
40 people attended the event, which was held at the Pinjarra Lesser Hall.
The WA Regional Aboriginal Business Round of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) is now open.
This is a Western Australian state government initiative to help competitive regionally-based Aboriginal businesses to better prepare to participate as suppliers of products, services and works to public and private sector markets.
The fund focusses on providing assistance to regionally-based Aboriginal businesses who are seeking to better prepare to participate as suppliers of goods, services and works to the public and private sector markets.
This round of LCF will provide eligible Aboriginal businesses with up to $20,000 in funding to assist them to secure procurement opportunities in the public and private sectors. Funding will be provided for the following eligible activities:
•Expert consultant services
•Purchase and upgrade of equipment
•Improvements to internal business infrastructure and systems
•Training and qualifications
For more information, head to the website.
This round will be discussed in more detail at the Aboriginal Business Development Forum being held on Monday 27 August from 10am at Pinjarra Lesser Hall in Pinjarra, WA. Book your place here.
“The objective of the 100 Days for Change initiative is to catalyse people into making achievable, practical changes to improve gender equity at all levels. In the lead up to and during the 100 Days for Change we will be asking individuals and organisations across the country to announce and celebrate the changes they are making in order to publicly demonstrate mainstream Australia’s appetite for change. It is our hope that through the visibility of this grassroots movement, government agencies and big business are further swayed towards making widespread change.”
As an organisation majority led by women, IPS fully supports the #100daysforchange initiative, and we urge everyone out there to get on board. What change will you make for gender equity?
How to join the movement:
NAIDOC Week - Because of her, we can: our Managing Director Katina Law, who is a board member of Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, wrote the following opinion piece for The Australian on the role Aboriginal women play in securing improvements to the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week — “Because of her, we can” — celebrates the enormous contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to our immediate and wider communities.
Over the years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been at the forefront of campaigns to secure improvements to the health and wellbeing of our community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are the first line of response in the event of trauma. If a violent or distressing incident occurs, such as a suicide, it is often the women who respond first, particularly in regional and remote communities. The burden we carry is underscored by the disturbing national statistics:
• Our life expectancy is 9.5 years less than that of other Australian women, and two thirds of these deaths are due to heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
• The suicide rate among our women is highest in the 20 to 24 age group (21.8 deaths per 100,000), making it five times higher than for non-indigenous women.
• In 2014-15, we were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as non-indigenous women. The statistics and anecdotal evidence for the health and wellbeing of our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are equally startling:
• From 2012 to 2016, suicide was the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged between 15 and 34, and the second leading cause for those aged between 35 and 44.
• Between 2012 and 2016, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people aged between five and 17 accounted for more than a quarter of all suicide deaths in this age group (90 of the 337 deaths, or 26.7 per cent).
Indigenous people in Australia suffer from intergenerational trauma left over from past policies and events. We are all wounded in our hearts from the past.
There is constant death in our communities, people going to jail, and alcohol and drug issues. By the time many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 12 years old, they will have experienced more trauma than a non- indigenous child in their lifetime.
And yet their access to mental health services is considerably lower than that for non-indigenous youth.
Twenty per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in rural areas, with 49 per cent of that figure living in the Northern Territory. And it is in these areas particularly where there is also a lack of counselling, medical and psychiatric services. People have to travel a long way from their homes to access the services they need, and many simply do not have transport options.
Language is also a huge barrier. In many remote communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, English is a second language. More than half of the Indigenous people in the Northern Territory speak an Australian indigenous language, followed by 13 per cent living in Western Australia. There can also be a sense of shame in seeking support and a deep-seated suspicion of medicalised services.
There is huge demand for bespoke mental health support to meet the particular needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. A one-size-fits-all policy does not work.
I don’t profess to have all the answers but I believe it has to start with authentic community engagement. My belief in this is what brought me to the board of Headspace to advocate for better mental health services for all young people.
Headspace has successfully attracted young people from marginalised and at-risk groups.
In 2016-17, 6351 young people who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visited a Headspace centre. This figure is testament to the culturally appropriate service it delivers. In addition, the foundation runs a targeted Yarn Safe campaign to encourage help-seeking from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
We need flexible approaches to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people can access mental health support. One example is a collaborative outreach service we’re trialling in the remote Pilbara, with a strong component tailored to young indigenous people. Instead of young people coming to us, Headspace workers operate across the region, embedded in high schools and youth centres, while also making home visits to families and elders to help young relatives. This kind of innovative, collaborative approach is an excellent model.
Headspace has also had success establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mental health traineeship program which provides our young people with education and employment opportunities. Among its many positive outcomes, the program has expanded the indigenous mental health workforce in remote areas and is continuing the conversation around mental health within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
We can always do more and the key to moving forward is continued, improved collaboration. We need to talk more with each other and work together. This is the best course to achieving optimum mental health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
Certified practising accountant Katina Law is an entrepreneur and leader in the mining sector, a board member of Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and a member of Western Australia’s Worora and Walmajarri families.
Melinda's Heroes: Jenny Burton, Debra Linforth (Mum) & Rhonda Norman
This week is NAIDOC week, and the theme is, because of her, we can - recognising the incredible contributions Aboriginal women make to their families and their communities. In this article IPS Bookkeeper Melinda Ely shares some reflections on three of the most important women in her life.
My Mum worked as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Worker at Carey Park Primary School for 25 years. She absolutely loved her job and the kids and staff loved her. She was known and highly respected in our local community. She went above and beyond with some of the students and was always seen in the veranda with one of the students hanging off her. A lot of the students that had left school would make special visits back to see her and were always welcomed with open arms.
My Aunty Rhonda has worked for the Department of Human Services for 31 years. Her current role is as a Program Manager – Indigenous Employment Strategies Team. She is an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Trainer and Facilitator, Indigenous Mentor Trainer, Indigenous Mentor, Program Manager of Indigenous Mentor and Indigenous Cultural Awareness program for the department. Aunty Rhonda is very passionate about the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal people. She is also one of the strongest women I know.
My Aunty Jenny works for the Department of Human Services Child Support as a service officer and has maintained her position for many years now. Aunty Jenny is also an accredited indigenous Mentor within the Department, guiding, encouraging and supporting her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues the way she always has with me.
My Mums taught us importance of family, and our bonds are strong. They continue to research and share their knowledge of our family tree, so our connections continue.
All three have helped shape me into the woman I am today. They have taught me strength, resilience, respect, bravery and Love……It’s because of these women, we can.
Business Advisory South West and Peel officially opened its doors on Tuesday July 3 with a launch party at their head office at the Homemaker Centre, Bunbury.
More than 50 people attended the affair, where a welcome to country was given by Noongar Elder Gloria Dann.
The event was MC’d by Doug Green of ipCreative.
Lisa Legena from the Small Business Development Corporation said that she had been happy to announce IPS as the successful tenderer, as their innovative and creative approach to presenting business advisory services had impressed her.
IPS Director Kristal Kinsela, who travelled from Port Macquarie to attend the event, spoke to the crowd about how IPS had come from small beginnings to win the Business Advisory contract.
“This is a proud moment for us,” she said.
“Because of the challenges we’ve faced, we’re in a really great position to lead a service like this. We’ve got big goals at IPS, and soon you’ll see our signs up in other places too.”
Kristal introduced Business Advisory’s business partners, BHR Papalia, Southern Cross Austereo, Total Network Engineering (TNE) and ipCreative, before cutting the ribbon to the Business Advisory office with help from Ms Legena.
The event was sponsored by Capel Vale, Citygate, Lonsdale Party Hire and Amorish Catering.
Leadership is a pivotal value of the IPS team: we know that the key to success is to lead the way by carving out the changes you want to see in the world.
As part of our ongoing work in the leadership field, we are offering an Emerging Leaders Development Program, beginning in July 2018, for budding leaders.
What makes a good leader?
Leaders aren’t just found at the CEO level – they exist in every facet of an organisation, bringing people together, tapping into everyone’s specific skills to develop positive outcomes.
Good leaders empower their teams and networks: they find ways to help people succeed. Good leadership gives people a common purpose, and measurable results: increased sales, staff satisfaction and repeat business.
Why is leadership important to IPS?
IPS wants to develop the leadership skills of people in small business, because we know that those leadership skills will not only assist their business, but develop their own personal leadership - which has an impact on the rest of the community in which they work.
We value opportunities to bring out emerging and future leaders at every level, because a good leader empowers others to succeed.
As part of our work, we’ve produced a series of Leadership video interviews with community leaders designed to highlight the work of individuals across the country and start a conversation about what good leadership is.
IPS have previously worked with local businesses including Shire of Capel, Val Lishman Foundation, Southern Cross Austereo and Perkins Builders to build leadership within their teams.
These programs have provided theory and practical tools for team members to take back into their workplaces, build their leadership skills, and influence what is happening in their business.
Participants have gone on to take on new projects, communicate with their work colleagues more effectively, and identify areas for improvement within their business that impacted their results.
A good leader understands their purpose, their people, and their product - and how to harness each of these to create the results you want.
The Emerging Leaders Development Program will unpack each of these elements over six months. Facilitated by experts in areas such as leadership, marketing, and business development, this program will help you to develop valuable skills and knowledge to be an effective and influential leader now and into the future.
Commencing 25 July 2018 in the IPS Bunbury Office – Contact Bernadette Durrell on 08 9721 7057.