Peak Hill is a small town situated in central west NSW around 400kms west of Sydney. It is on the highway between Parkes and Dubbo. It has a population of 1300 people with 300 of those being Aboriginal. The unemployment rate within the town is high as is teenage pregnancy around 30-40% above the NSW average.
There is limited local transport with one bus going to Parkes (50kms away) once a week and this is mainly for medical appointments.
Families need to travel for medical, entertainment and job opportunities.
This town is deemed low socio economic and the public school receives funding for different projects within the school.
Gunawirra is community partners with
- Peak Hill Public School
- Peak Hill Preschool
- Peak Hill Community Health Centre
- Aboriginal Infant Maternal Health Nurse
Gunawirra’s involvement in Peak Hill via contracted paid person who works one and a half days a week and is supervised by our country manager Shiri Hergass. She is doing her final year in Infant Mental Health Post Graduate course where Gunawirra also lectures here in Sydney.
Her work for Gunawirra:
- Empowering the women of the town through weekly support groups that may cover
- Domestic Violence
- Drug and alcohol
- Suicide prevention
- Sexual abuse education for parents
- Women’s health
- Job Skills workshops
- Teenage mums
- Therapeutic community for prevention of mental Health problems. Getting together to do scrap booking, beading, photos etc
- Working within the Preschool to support staff and children
- Opportunities to empower the children
- Support programs about caring for each other
- Working within the Public School offering support to staff and children