Finalists – Promotion of preventative health

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Alcohol screening and brief intervention project

Alcohol screening and brief intervention project team, Clinical Service Planning and Population Health, South Metropolitan Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance; National Drug research Institute.

Earlier identification of individuals with at-risk alcohol use enables the Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention project to improve patient care pathways and reduce harm.

The project screened approximately 7,900 patients and the 27 per cent who found to have at-risk levels of alcohol intake were provided a pathway to specialist services.

The project has shown that opportunistic screening is effective in reaching at-risk drinkers. It supports a case for earlier identification, referral and intervention.

Mobile in the suburbs

BreastScreen WA, Women and Newborn Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service.

The “Mobile in the Suburbs” project targeted overdue and busy working women requiring a breast screen.

A software application was developed to identify and contact women in low participation areas, and Local Government Authorities were approached to host the Mobile Screening unit.

The project improved ease of access and uptake for working and overdue women with the screening of 252 overdue and 417 very overdue women.

Pilbara healthy eating and lifestyles

Health promotion, Pilbara Population Health, WA Country Health Service and EON Foundation.

WACHS Pilbara Population Health led a partnership to deliver a multi-faceted nutrition program to five remote Aboriginal communities.

Run in consultation with the community, the program targeted school-aged children who were taught the importance of diet in preventing chronic disease.

Children who completed the program showed marked improvement in health status, knowledge, behaviour and skills towards healthy eating. They also had increased access to healthy foods.

Squeaky clean kids

Central Office, WA Country Health Service and Soap Aid; Environmental Health Directorate; Indigenous Eye Health Unit.

Squeaky Clean Kids (SCK) is a WACHS-led primary prevention program designed to overcome the environmental and behavioural risk factors associated with trachoma transmission.

The Goldfields, Kimberley, Midwest and Pilbara are endemic for trachoma. Squeaky Clean Kids provides free soap, hygiene education in schools and bathroom improvements by supporting local environmental health workers.

Under the program, there has been excellent uptake of health promotion and hygiene materials in communities endemic for trachoma.