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2010 Retreat Mt Bundy

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Presentation by Tess Presswell, Program Manager, Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council, at the 2010 AFAO HIV Educators Conference.

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2010 Retreat Mt Bundy

  1. 1. 2010 Retreat Mt Bundy<br />Presentation by Tess Presswell<br />Program Manager <br />Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council is a non-profit organisation providing a diverse range of services to the community<br />Our vision is for a community free of BBVs in the NT and supporting those living with BBVs to lead healthy and fulfilling lives<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />The ATSI team consists of:<br />Coordinator / research<br />Education officer<br />Project officer<br />Known to us as Verity, Daniel and Emily<br />
  4. 4. Why a retreat?<br />Build positive relationships with the Sistergirls <br />Collaborate with other organisations like Danila Dilba, Wurli Wurlinjang, NT Sexual Health and BBV staff and Red Cross. <br />
  5. 5. AIMS<br />The retreat is about time out from community life<br />A safe environment with appropriate services for participants to enhance their social and emotional wellbeing <br />Give time for healing<br />
  6. 6. Invitations<br />Invitations were sent all over the NT.<br />Posted on our website.<br />Advertised in the Katherine Times.<br />Word of mouth – previous attendees.<br />15 people confirmed <br />
  7. 7. CHALLENGES<br />The Retreat was held the 26-28th February<br />Hector<br />Alcohol and drug free event<br />
  8. 8. PARTICIPANTS <br />Seven attendees <br />From<br />Alice Springs<br />Katherine<br />Darwin and <br />Tiwi Islands<br />
  9. 9. First hurdle<br />The first obvious issue was personal space<br />Solutions<br />Some staff left<br />Designated Sistergirl space<br />
  10. 10. GUESTS<br />Past attendees from Danila Dilba were invaluable with their insight. <br />Nutritionists from Wurli <br />Counsellor from NTAHC and Danila Dilba<br />Shellie Morris<br />
  11. 11. Workshops<br />Both nights had cooking demonstrations conducted by Nutritionists<br />Shellie Morris attended and ran a music expression workshop on the Saturday<br />Danila Dilba facilitated an art space<br />
  12. 12. COUNSELLING<br />The NTAHC counsellor<br />Danila Dilba provided an emotional and wellbeing counsellor<br />This provided lots of opportunity to heal<br />
  13. 13. RECREATION ACTIVITIES<br />Poor weather created a problem with outdoor activities. <br />Solution<br />Set up a music space <br />An art space <br />A recording studio <br />A sexual health and BBV information space<br />
  14. 14. RECREATION ACTIVITIES<br />The Saturday night was the big night of the retreat – Mt Bundy Drag Show!<br />Informal sing-a-long and traditional dancing<br />A dry spell on Sunday allowed horse riding to go ahead (until the rain kicked in again!)<br />
  15. 15. FREE TIME<br />Very important component of any retreat<br />
  16. 16. HEALING TIME<br />A recent death in the community lead to the utilisation of this time by the group for reflection. <br />A candle light ceremony was held on the Friday night<br />
  17. 17. HEALING TIME<br />Shellie Morris conducted a music expression workshop. This provided another opportunity for the Sistergirls to express the grief. <br />The resulting song ‘I could be me’ is about loss and how we can learn from others. <br />
  18. 18. CONCLUSION<br />The retreat is important to promote connectedness among a very isolated group who live in rural and remote locations<br />Learning<br />Dry season<br />What worked <br />Balance of staff, activities and space<br />
  19. 19. I COULD BE ME<br />Thank you<br />

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