Finalists – Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people

Implementing a public health response to Meningococcal W disease

Population Health, Central Office, WA Country Health Service.

The WA Country Health service led a mass vaccination campaign across remote communities to minimise harm following an outbreak of meningococcal W in Central Australia.

A wide-reaching communication strategy was also put in place to keep clinicians and the community informed.

The response to the outbreak was efficient, measured and coordinated well. It achieved high levels of coverage.

Kidney care – closer to home

Renal service, WA Country Health Service Goldfields, WA Country Health Service and Fiona Stanley Nephrology Unit; Purple House Alice Springs NT.

WACHS Goldfields expanded dialysis services, with new infrastructure and the introduction of a renal team to address the growing need for specialist kidney services.

Limited places in the Kalgoorlie dialysis unit had previously caused waiting times of up to two years and Goldfields people were often stranded in Perth lacking support.

The expanded Kalgoorlie haemodialysis unit reduced waitlist times and enabled access to specialist renal services closer to home and family.

Social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal Youth

Population health, Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service, WA Country Health Service.

The Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Youth (SEWBY) team, supports Aboriginal youth through school education activities and its work with other agencies.

The Rock and Water program provides practical training for managing emotions as well as other aspects of physical and mental health which contribute to a better school experience.

This program improves student interactions and builds capacity to develop SEWBY programs.

Aboriginal centred care learning module

Aboriginal Person centred care collaboration group, TRACS WA, South Metropolitan Health Service.

Development facilitators from the Training Centre in Subacute Care joined forces with Directors of Aboriginal Health Strategy across WA to develop an education package for culturally appropriate care.

Four ‘community of practice’ forums were delivered over 18 months to explore how to best provide education and training on caring for Aboriginal people.

Improved knowledge and understanding of culturally appropriate care through the education of staff is designed to provide better care to Aboriginal people.