"Drum Beat for Aboriginal Women's Group with Murrumbidgee Medicare Local"

About: Rural Primary Health Service (Murrumbidgee Medicare Local)

(as a staff member),

Kate was approached from our service to deliver 'Drum Beat' to our Aboriginal Women's Group which is run at Coo-ee Cottage in Tumut.

The purpose of Kate's facilitation of this wonderful program was to engage with Aboriginal women and talk health.

We sat in a circle and drummed on and off for 2hrs which the women loved.

Kate had the opportunity to talk about team work, how the drumming relates to our families and our health. The women now have a greater understanding of when they are 'out of rhythm' how this impacts on their family and friends.

There were lots of questions asked by the women in relation to 'exactly what does this drumming do for your health? ' Kate's response was 'it strengthens your immune system, drumming can take tension out of your body, drumming can clear your head of thoughts, it helps clear your mind' etc.

I observed the ladies drumming, they were laughing and at times seemed right 'in the zone' which was wonderful to watch.

Kate seems to have the ability to connect and engage with our Aboriginal community and I would love for Kate to run a workshop for our Men's Aboriginal group sometime in the near future.

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Responses

Response from Cate Creswick, Executive Officer, Murrumbidgee Medicare Local

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us which we have shared it with Kate, her manager and team. It is great to hear that you have benefitted so much from the session and hope that you are able to participate in future sessions with the same enthusiasm. Thanks again.

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