The Aboriginal Health team works to improve the health of Aboriginal people by improving their access to culturally appropriate health care. Teams are based across the metropolitan region, which covers all three health services in the north, south and east.
Initiatives such as consumer engagement, the provision of lifestyle education programs and services and partnering with health professionals are undertaken to inform the design of mainstream services so they meet the needs of the local Aboriginal population.
Healthy Lifestyle Programs
EMHS Healthy Lifestyle Programs are culturally adapted to suit the needs of the Aboriginal Community. All Programs are delivered by trained Aboriginal staff members and community consultation is sought for the appropriateness of the programs. Healthy Lifestyle Programs are adapted to suit each individual participant, care is taken to incorporate information on all participant health requirements and to provide information that is not provided or covered in the course content.
Through the delivery of the Healthy Lifestyle Programs participants are encouraged to actively self-manage their chronic conditions, take control of their health and encourage family members and friends to participate in the programs. Participation in the programs helps build capacity within the community in health literacy, self-resilience and self-determination to take control of their health outcomes and to prevent hospitalisation.
Our programs include:
- The LIFE (Living Improvements for Everyone): a holistic, generic model of care for the management of chronic conditions, culturally appropriate for local Aboriginal communities. The LIFE program recognises cultural, language and life differences, grief and loss, alternate communication methods problem solving and action plans. Lunch is provided. This is a 6 week program. LIFE program brochure (PDF 1.9MB).
- Journey of Living with Diabetes (JLWD) program: delivers culturally appropriate diabetes prevention, education and self-management skills. The aim is to increase health literacy to empower participants to take control of their own health in partnership with health service providers and to ensure participants understand Diabetes and how to look after their own health. Lunch is provided. JLWD program brochure (PDF 1.3MB).
- I’m Moordidjabinj (Becoming Strong): is a healthy lifestyle, nutritional education program designed to help community members change unhealthy lifestyles, improve fitness and make healthy food choices. The program includes exercise, education and cooking sessions. This is a 6 week program. I'm Moordidjabinj program brochure (PDF 1.4MB).
- Moorditj Maarman: Males Yarning Group, is a male specific group which meets at Middle Swan Primary School fortnightly to discuss health issues, spiritual emotional and physical wellbeing of participants. Activities are organised for the group and individual health checks are completed. Lunch is prepared by the group. This is organised for alternate Fridays.
- Bibra Lake Men’s Group: meets fortnightly on a Wednesday at Bibra Lake. The group walk around the lake and have discussions and education on Diabetes and health checks are completed. Lunch is provided. This group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday.
- Walyup Kworpading Koort: Healthy Heart meets at Hilton PCYC every Tuesday, health education sessions are organised, an Exercise physiologist facilitates an exercise program, Moorditj Djena podiatry service attends with other visiting health services. There is a walking group and a healthy lunch is prepared by the participants.
- Journey Of Living with Diabetes & Perth Diabetes Care Program: An holistic Diabetes Health Education Program incorporating individual Health Assessments and Education Session with Exercise Physiologist from Perth Diabetes Care, Aboriginal Specific Diabetes Education Session (Journey of Living with Diabetes) provided by trained Aboriginal Health Professional and learn how to prepare and cook healthy food with a Dietician.
The dates and contact information for each program is outlined in the Calendar of Healthy Lifestyle Programs (PDF 315 KB).
General enquires or referrals concerning all of our programs please email EMHS.HealthyLifeStylePrograms@health.wa.gov.au.
The Moorditj Djena service aims to help Aboriginal people keep their feet healthy and strong, especially those at high risk of foot complications such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, renal disease and those on dialysis. It provides podiatry and diabetes education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Perth metropolitan area.
The service has two mobile vans in addition to community based centres supporting people form as far south as Pinjarra to Merriwa in the Northern suburbs. Services include:
- general health checks
- health education
- support to access community services
- healthy lifestyle promotion and education
- treatment of minditj djena (sick feet)
- facilitation of referrals
- annual recalls and follow-up
- patient support and advocacy
- care coordination
For information on locations, dates and times of clinics, please contact (08) 9278 9922.