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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Wak Wakko Doctors Program & Drumbeat 2016-2017 highlights from the Indigenous Children and Schooling Program. The Indigenous Children and Schooling Program (ICaSP) provides support to families to increase children’s attendance and participation in schooling. While much of the work involves case managing complex family issues, there have been opportunities to work directly with children at school. Wak Wakko Doctors Program In May, ICaSP developed the new Wak Wakko Doctors program in partnership with the Malpa Project. Wak Wakko means school aged children in the Kaurna language, and Malpa means helper/ friend in Pitjantjatjara. This 10-week program was delivered at Elizabeth Grove Primary School by local Aboriginal elders, Drumbeat 36 Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 health workers, community members, and sports and arts professionals. For thousands of years the Ngangkari, the traditional Aboriginal healers of Central Australia, have passed on their skills to young children. Honouring this wisdom, the Malpa Project has helped hundreds of children around Australia, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to become health ambassadors in their communities. The Wak Wakko Doctors program provided children with an opportunity to connect to local community, encouraged cultural pride and helped to build leadership skills. Drumbeat Trained instructors on the ICaSP team developed a therapeutic drumming program based on aspects of the Holyoake Drumbeat program, but with an added emphasis on cultural connection and pride. The program integrates popular songs by Aboriginal artists to help increase the children’s knowledge of Aboriginal heroes and activists. The children in the drumming Wak Wakko group performed at their school assembly and at the Sorry Day in the North community event in May 2017. The program has also contributed to increased attendance and participation in school. Funding Acknowledgement Indigenous Children and Schooling Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The First 1000 Days: Infant Massage and The Garden The Together4Kids service has developed a unique set of community-based parenting programs aimed at the first 1000 days of a child’s life. The service is also a leader in providing professional training for the homelessness and domestic violence sectors. In 2016-17 Together4Kids continued its work with low socioeconomic status families, who are more likely to experience destabilising life events including family and domestic violence, Drumbeat Wak Wakko