Happy NAIDOC week!

naidocNAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of  each July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.To take part in one of the many celebrations taking place throughout the country, visit the NAIDOC website.


…and we’re back!

openThe O’Malley Trust office is open again after a short break.  And just in time – there are only 2 weeks till the application closing date!  So get your forms in to us by the 25th of July.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@omalleytrust.org.au. Good luck!

Australia’s health 2014

16507-report-coverJust released is Australia’s Health 2014, the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This edition combines analytical feature articles on highly topical health issues with short statistical snapshots in the following areas: Understanding health and illness; The Australian health system; How healthy are we?; Leading types of ill health; Health behaviours and risks; Health through your life; Indigenous health; Preventing and treating ill health; Indicators of Australia’s health. You can read the report here.

A Letter from Leslie Jauncey

Leslie Cyril Jauncey (1899-1959) was an Australian economist who wrote Australia’s Government Bank (1934), The Story of Conscription in Australia (1935) and Modern Banking (1949). He and his wife Beatrice were close friends of the O’Malley’s.  On hearing of King’s death, Jauncey wrote this letter to Amy.  The letter is now part of the King O’Malley papers at the National Library of Australia.Click on the thumbnails for the full-size images.


Child Social Exclusion and Health

16854-report-coverThe AIHW has just released a bulletin examining the association between the risk of child social exclusion and children’s health outcomes in Australia at the small-area level. The results show that Australian children living in areas with a relatively high risk of social exclusion also experience relatively poor health outcomes. As the risk of child social exclusion increases, so do the rates of both potentially preventable hospitalisations and avoidable deaths. You can download the report for free here.

Our Western Australia Scholars

WA scholars

Pictured L-R, in back the WA selection panel Lyn Dymond, Julie Luca & Lillian Flockenhaus. In front, Kirilea Cooper, Jordan Kipps & Kelly Drake

Congratulations are extended to Kirilea Cooper, Jordan Kipps and Kelly Drake who are the 2014 recipients of the King & Amy O’Malley scholarship. They were presented with their certificates by HEIAWA president, Jen McGillivray, at a function held at Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley Campus on Tuesday 20th March 2014. They were joined by family, friends and HEIAWA members.

This is the third time that Kelly has been awarded an O’Malley scholarship. Each year students are required to re-apply for the scholarship and very few achieve the distinction of three awards. As a qualified chef, Kelly’s teaching strength is in Food and Nutrition although she enjoys all aspects of home Economics. She will complete her studies this year.

Kirilea is also a qualified chef who has spent many years working in the hospitality industry, both in Australia and overseas.  She has a passion to promote good family and community nutrition with a focus on sustainability. Kirilea is a member of the Slow Food movement, which opposes fast food and promotes good, clean and fair food whilst at the same time protecting heritage, culture and food traditions.

Jordon generously volunteers her time to a variety of programs including Network Teach (a mentoring program at ECU) and assisted at the Prepare, Produce, Provide Expo. She has a strong sense of community and has taken on a leadership role working with disadvantaged young people within her church. Jordan has accepted the invitation to join the HEIAWA executive as the student representative.


Healthy Kids Australia Report Card

Report card edThe inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People was released today, with disturbing evidence showing that Australian school children rank among the worst in the world for overall physical activity levels. This report card highlights the need for organisations such as ACHPER to continue to advocate for opportunities to support the Health and Physical Education learning area and the entitlement of all Australian children to be active and informed.