Humans of the Wheatbelt

Humans of the Wheatbelt is a disability project that celebrates inclusion within the community.

There is always someone in each story that has a disability whether it is the human, interviewer, photographer or writer.

I’m a Canadian and I came to Australia backpacking in 2003. I travelled all over the east coast before running out of money, and then I met some people who had a cattle station in Meekatharra. That�...

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I am a small-town country girl with a big city appetite. I was born and bred in Wagin and that’s where I live. I’ve always lived life in full colour. I grew up in a shearing community as my parent...

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I grew up in a town called Bruce Rock in the Wheatbelt. I went there with my parents and my younger brother in 1952, where I started Year 1. I did my schooling in Bruce Rock until 1962 when I complete...

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My father was a prison officer so my family moved all around WA when I was young. I have two sisters and a half-brother who is much older, who lived with his mum. I was born in Mount Barker but we liv...

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I was blessed with an adventurous mother and so my brother and I were born in Uganda, but then the Commonwealth was shrinking and we were sent to England. I came to Australia on a working holiday vis...

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I was born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco and we lived in Bassendean for a few years, but I don’t remember that because we moved to Toodyay when I was five. I did my schooling in Toodya...

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Do you know someone who would like to be featured in the Humans of the Wheatbelt 2nd edition? Nominate 🙋‍♀️your friend or family member to be interviewed for HOW2 by emailing [email protected]

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I was born in York in England, but because my father worked as an aircraft mechanic for the RAF we travelled around a lot in my childhood. We lived in Lincolnshire and Rutland, which were rural areas....

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Matthew Jackman My mother’s mob is Yamatji from Meekatharra through to Carnarvon and Geraldton. My father’s mob is from Jigalong and Wiluna, but I don’t know as much about his side. I’ve been...

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Carrie Edwards I grew up predominantly in the Bullsbrook area. My parents moved to Roebourne for a few years but we moved back when I was in Grade 1. I married my brother's best friend and he was a ...

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Olive Bennell - Part 2 of 2 I’m proud of what I’ve done in my life, so I wouldn’t tell my fourteen-year-old self to do anything differently. I do wish I went further in school or TAFE, because ...

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Olive Bennell - Part 1 of 2 I was born in Brookton and that’s where I live now. I’ve just celebrated my sixty-sixth birthday. When I was young I lived on the reserve and went through the ration s...

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Ann Brandis – Part 2 of 2 The best moments in my life would be getting married to my husband and without a doubt the births of my two boys. From a family perspective I also cherish all our celebr...

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Ann Brandis – Part 1 of 2 I live in Mukinbudin but originally, I came out with my parents from England as a Ten Pound Pom when I was eighteen months old. My Dad farmed in England and had three b...

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Mary Cameron – Part 3 of 3 We bought our house in 1986/87. Pieter had a property further out in the Coonabidgee district, but for health and practical reasons we decided to come into town. The ho...

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Mary Cameron – Part 2 of 3 On graduation I returned to WA and my first appointment was as a Staff Nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Following completing the Staff Nurse Year (now known as a ...

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Mary Cameron – Part 1 of 3 My original family stock is from Manjimup and I have been associated with country towns and country properties all my life. When I was a child, prior to going to school...

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Hazel Martin I’m a ‘ten-pound Pom’ but I’ve been in Australia since I was six months old. I have three grown-up children and three grandbabies with one on the way. They are the centre of my ...

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Ruby Collins I grew up in the southern part of the Philippines in Mindanao. I came from the country but worked in the city before I came to Australia. I have three brothers and two sisters with the...

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Brenda DeAtta I grew up in Bunbury with my parents, Des and Mary Ugle and my brothers and sisters. Mum was a ten-pound pom who came from England in her teens, and she worked as a nursing assistant in...

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The Wheatbelt Health Network offers support including General Practice, Nursing, Mental Health, Allied Health and Visiting Specialists.

Latest News from the Wheatbelt


Thank you Kate Wheatbelt Strength & Conditioning for sharing your wonderful story. "Changing your focus from ‘I want to weigh sixty kilos’ to ‘I can lift sixty kilos’ is a huge change of...

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WHN MASK POLICY For the safety and well-being of our staff and our “At Risk” Clients We ask that you continue to wear a mask whilst attending the Wheatbelt Health Network Thank you for your un...

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Thank you for sharing your story with us Londa Finlayson "One piece of advice I’d give to my younger self is to take a gap year and travel. Don’t be such a people pleaser, make sure you do w...

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NORTHAM

Wheatbelt Health Centre
25 Holtfreter Avenue, Northam
Phone: 08 9621 4444
Open: 8am-6pm Mon – Fri

Aboriginal Health - Northam
65 Wellington Street, Northam
Phone: 08 9690 2824
Open: 8.30am-4.30pm Mon – Thurs

Therapy Plus
104 Wellington Street, Northam
Phone: 08 9621 4444

TOODYAY

Alma Beard Medical Centre
81 Stirling Tce, Toodyay
Phone: 08 9578 2500
Open: 8.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri

NARROGIN

Aboriginal Health - Narrogin
Williams Road, Narrogin
Phone: 08 9881 0385
Open: 8.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Tues

After hours medical assistance: In an emergency call 000 or present to your nearest Regional Hospital emergency department. If you have a non- emergency and would like to consult with a GP then call Telstra Health on 1800 225 523. The service is free to access for Australian residents who reside in the wheatbelt or who are temporarily residing in the Wheatbelt. This service can be accessed before 8am and after 6pm Monday-Friday, before 8am and after 12pm Saturday and all day Sunday and any Public Holidays. Thank you to Western Australia Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) for funding this service.

  • 25 Holtfreter Avenue, Northam

  • 81 Stirling Tce, Toodyay

  • 65 Wellington Street, Northam

  • Williams Road, Narrogin

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