Our Aboriginal Health team works to improve the health of Aboriginal people living in the South Metropolitan Health Service through the delivery of quality healthy lifestyle programs with a focus on chronic disease prevention and management and an approach to healthcare that is both holistic and focussed on the client and family.
The team provides services to Aboriginal people living across the Perth metropolitan area and includes people living in the North, East and South Metropolitan Health Services.
To achieve our goals, we work closely with the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal Health Strategy and the wider health services to ensure services are culturally appropriate, easily accessible and support the patient journey throughout the health system.
Aboriginal healthy lifestyle programs
Moorditj Djena is a podiatry and nutrition outreach program targeting Aboriginal people over the age of 18 years with one or more of the following conditions:
- a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus with poor control or understanding of management
- recent foot ulcer or non-traumatic amputation
- diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease or peripheral neuropathy.
The (LIFE) Program is a holistic, generic model of care for the management of chronic conditions adapted for Aboriginal communities. It was developed under license from Stanford University, California, by the Pika Wiya Health Service and Spencer Gulf Rural Health School in South Australia (SA) as part of the Sharing Health Care SA Project in 2001.
Journey of Living with Diabetes (JLWD)
The Journey of Living with Diabetes (JLWD) program delivers culturally appropriate diabetes prevention, education and self-management skills for Aboriginal people. The aim is to increase JLWD participants’ health literacy to empower them to take control of their own health in partnership with a range of health service providers.