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Pilot workshop program to improve Indigenous health to be rolled out in WA

Thursday, 02 June 2011

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The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet based at ECU has been awarded $174,036 by Healthway.

This grant enables a series of half-day workshops to be conducted across WA on the use of the HealthInfoNet.

The HealthInfoNet is a well-established, comprehensive web resource that makes the latest evidence-based material about Indigenous health readily accessible to key service workers in this field.

The 18 month pilot project will focus on using the HealthInfoNet resource to provide frontline service workers with information, acquisition and utilisation skills on health issues that are relevant to the Indigenous population.

The project seeks to build on the prevention and early intervention capacity of local health services, by equipping service workers in both the most recent health information in their own practice and by promoting effective health strategies for their clients.

“Indigenous people remain the least healthy group in our society, and it is important to increase understanding of the factors that contribute to this situation and improve knowledge of effective health interventions if circumstances are to improve," siad HealthInfoNet Deputy Director Richard Midford

“It is through improved knowledge transfer that this project seeks to address priority Indigenous health issues”.

Workshops will be conducted throughout the metropolitan area and in major country centres at least once during the 18 month period to maximise training for those working in Indigenous health.

The program will be implemented in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), and, where possible, will involve appropriate staff based at local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) as facilitators.

For further information please visit the HealthInfoNet website  

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