Janelle Brown - coordinator of Gurehlgam Healing Centre and Women's Group member Kellie Gardiner in the healing centre as part of a morninig tea to commemorate the apology to the Stolen Generation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Janelle Brown - coordinator of Gurehlgam Healing Centre and Women's Group member Kellie Gardiner in the healing centre as part of a morninig tea to commemorate the apology to the Stolen Generation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Healing centre offers a chance to meet in the middle

GUREHLGAM Healing centre manager Janelle Brown sits in front of the trunk of a tree painted in a mural by Gumbaynggirr artist Kim Healey, and for Ms Brown the branches that reach up to the sky from it are the perfect metaphor for what the centre is trying to achieve.

Speaking at a commemoration of the apology to the stolen generation Ms Brown says the branches reflect the many possibilities the centre can bringing in healing not just Aboriginal people, but the local community.

"The centre can host things like the women's group which we already have been running, we hope to have Bowen therapy running and even parenting groups, a whole range of things to help the community," she said.

"Our definition of healing is anything that improves the quality of life for Aboriginal people."

The women's group meets weekly on a Monday, and for member Kellie Gardiner it is a way for them to connect.

"The women interact with other people not necessarily in our own circles, but still from our community," she said.

"It helps us each grow as that group of women."

Ms Brown says that while the apology they were celebrating was a watershed moment for the Aboriginal community, it was important to continue on the work.

"What we are trying to do with the healing is taking that next step and being proactive," she said.

"There is so much grief, loss and trauma still within the wider community, that without addressing that, the other issues present in the wider community such as drug and alcohol problems and domestic violence will continue to follow on from that."

For more information about Gurehlgam, phone 6642 8677.



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