Q&A with Your Health Your Future Ambassadors Marlee and Keely Silva
Q: Why is Aboriginal health important to you and what made you want to become active in this space?
If this point in history has taught us anything, it’s that our health is absolutely vital. We know when we have healthy bodies and healthy minds, we have the power to not just survive, but thrive and achieve all our goals. Speaking about health and promoting ways for our mob to maintain it, is incredibly important to us because all our work is committed to our peoples’ prosperity and health is such a significant element of this.
Q: Why did you want to become an AH&MRC Your Health, Your Future Ambassador?
Since starting Tiddas 4 Tiddas (and being so pleasantly surprised with the enormous growth and support we’ve received) we’ve been looking for a way to connect to more mob on the ground and use our reach for good – this Ambassador opportunity so perfectly aligns with our values around strengths-based attitudes, holistic health and building a brighter future for our people. We’re so honoured and excited to be on board!
Q: What health topics are you most passionate about and why?
Keeping our communities free from smoking, promoting a healthy diet and exercise, mental health management and destigmatising the use of health services in general, we feel they are some of the most important health issues and topics we need to focus on as a community to protect our mob and see them live long and healthy lives.
Q: Just for a little fun, if you could invite anyone over for a yarn who would it be and why?
Keely: Michael Jordan, because of his work ethic, skill level and what I could learn from his commitment and success.
Marlee: Michelle Obama, because of her wisdom, kindness and what I could learn from her leadership.