Winner – Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people

Nidjalla Waangan Mia Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Centre Mandurah, South Metropolitan Health Service: Nidjalla Waangan Mia

The Nidjalla Waangan Mia Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Centre in Mandurah is providing members of the local Aboriginal population with accessible and culturally secure primary health care.

The centre was established due to a need to address the poor health of Aboriginal people living in the Peel region and issues of social and economic disadvantage that were preventing them from accessing mainstream health services. These issues included transport, affordability and cultural concerns.

As well as providing the community with a range of primary healthcare services, including a general practice, allied health services (such as dentistry, podiatry, counselling and maternity care), Aboriginal health promotion and education programs, Nidjalla Waangan Mia has also become a source of education, training and employment for the local Aboriginal community.

Since it was formed five years ago, the number of staff members at the centre has doubled.

Today its active client base includes most Aboriginal people living in the Peel Health District and over three years immunisation rates for Aboriginal children attending the centre climbed from 71 per cent to 93 per cent.