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The third and final continence session was held last week.
The third session was a day tour to the Continence Resource and Independent Living Centre in Gilles Plains. Everyone gathered in the morning at the MWASA office on Victoria Square in the city and travelled out together.
The tour commenced with a welcome talk by Rosalie the Registered Nurse, who works at the Continence Foundation. Three interpreters were provided to ensure that everyone could understand and benefit.
Following on from the welcome, Sonia the Physiotherapist gave a talk about the parts and function of the pelvic floor muscle. Sonia instructed our group on how to properly perform the Kegel exercise. Everyone was very attentive and felt comfortable to ask questions. One member asked how frequently the exercises should be done and Sonia suggested that at least 3 times a week should be enough.
The next speaker, Lisa, provided further information about where to go for help if someone is experiencing the problem of incontinence. There are many types of health care workers, the first visit can be to the family GP (General Practitioner) and then the GP can refer on to the Physiotherapist or other specialist, or a nurse can also provide assistance. Lisa informed everyone about the Continence Foundation website, which shows information in 32 different languages, and she let everyone know about the helpline so that they are aware in the case the need assistance.
Finally, the Occupational Therapist gave the group a tour which included demonstrations of the different kinds of equipment that a person can use to live independently. The equipment ranged from different types of beds, to kitchen utensils, gardening tools, personal care kits, walking aids, wheelchair cushions, scooters of different kinds, toilet seats and much more.
Overall the day was incredibly informative and all participants learned so much. They enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the equipment, which helps with understanding and being able to retain that information. The members feel that this information will be very useful to them in the future.
Over the past month, a wide array of members of the Muslim Women’s Association were asked about their thoughts, journey, and experience which they’ve had with the organisation. Their responses were captured and compiled by Melissa and her team.
Acknowledgements & Congratulations
MWASA would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and effort in making this event a memorable and successful one.
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At the end of last month, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) had the great pleasure of being invited to Parliament House as guests of the Honourable Jing Lee MLC. The event fell between MWASA’s Silver Jubilee and International Women’s Day and honoured both.
Around 30 ladies attended on the day; the group included founding members and members of both the senior’s and youth programs.
The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was nothing less than the charismatic and welcoming community leader we have come to know and respect.
We started by sharing refreshments and stories. We were officially welcomed by our host. Chairperson Dora Abbas responded with words of gratitude and optimism for the future. Our members then had an opportunity to stand up and share how they came to be involved with MWASA, what background they are coming from and how MWASA has helped them in providing opportunities and guidance towards fulfilling futures.
The Honourable Jing Lee MLC was a gracious and engaging guide, sharing with us the history and function of each room.
Everyone was inspired with awe at the rich detail everywhere we looked: the Corinthian columns, plush carpets, ornate carved wood and moulded plaster architraves and fixtures, artworks and historical artefacts.
Our group photo taken in the House of Representatives shows some artworks on the wall behind, one of which commemorates this year being the 125 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia.
The day was a wonderful experience, our team and members all learnt a great deal and have been left with lasting feelings of inclusion and inspiration.
Management would like to congratulate Community Development Officer June Hussain on organising all attendants for this landmark Parliament House event.
The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) put together a team and participated in Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday, 3rd of March.
Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s largest community-based environmental day. It was started in 1989 by ‘average Aussie bloke’, builder and solo yachtsman, Ian Kiernan. His dream of sailing around the world came true in 1987, however his excitement and anticipation turned to anger and disappointment to find the oceans polluted and choked with rubbish. Upon returning home he put together a committee of friends and organised a clean up of his own backyard – Sydney Harbour. Now more than 33 million hours have been contributed by Australians towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day.
We called Adelaide City Council to find out where we could be of service and it was kindly advised that GS Kingston Park/Wirrarninthi (Park 23) could do with some attention. That turned out to be very true, our team with 2 other community groups collected a total of 2,160 litres of rubbish and recycling which was removed from the parklands! Adelaide City Council collected all the bags of rubbish after the clean up and sorted out the recyclable rubbish and compostable material so that they did not end up in landfill.
Our team of almost 30 volunteers were blessed with perfect weather on the day. The whole day was a brilliant success and thanks must go to the volunteers for that, especially Site Supervisor Nosaiba. It’s always a beautiful thing when community members give selflessly from their time for the betterment of the whole. Everyone enjoyed the day and everyone stayed safe, there were no first aid or other incidents.
Clean Up Australia Day hasn’t released this year’s statistics yet but it will be interesting reading when they do. Last year’s statistics showed that more than three times the rubbish was collected in South Australian parks, up from 2017.
It was encouraging to see that this year the Australian National Council of Imams released a statement encouraging all Muslims to participate.
Our team looks forward to next year, we hope you can join us.
Until then, there’s so many things we can all be doing in our every day lives to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.
A total of NINE 240 litre bins of rubbish and recycling was removed from the parklands!
The first of 3 Healthy Bladder and Bowel information sessions took place on Thursday the 14th of February, here at our office.
The session was very well attended and the feedback from the members was incredibly positive.
There are still 2 more sessions to go if you are a member and would like to come along. Click here to see the event flyer.
A group of young Muslim women living in Adelaide came together on this project to discuss different ways not to take people’s hate into their hearts, a very useful community resource at a time when Muslim women are regularly experiencing things like being stared at or yelled at in public.
Please visit the project page to view the full video and transcript.
A few words from one of our lovely young ladies about why she likes being a part of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.
If you would like to become a member and experience this for yourself, speak to us about joining.
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