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Environmental Health Education for Aboriginal Communities

Shire of Derby-West Kimberley

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The Environmental Health Education for Aboriginal Communities project involves the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley Aboriginal Environmental Health Team development and presentation of environmental health programs for isolated Aboriginal communities. The issues covered include the benefits of personal hygiene, safe food handling and storage and how to recognise the onset of disease. This innovative outreach project clearly improves access by Aboriginal Communities to services provided by the Shire. The project has been developed in consultation with 45 Aboriginal Communities at Community Council meetings; through house to house visits and one on one discussions, liaison with Aboriginal Service Agencies and local school principals and school nurses. Home and Community Care workers have also been involved and many have undergone this special training. The problems being addressed by the Shire’s Environmental Health Team are difficult and widespread. The program has been operating for four years during which it has been refined, and its sustainability has established. The design and execution of this project make it amply transferable to any rural or remote local government body.


Sponsored by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Category Award

Contact name: Mr Nick Alford
Contact position:
Contact address:
Contact phone: (08) 9193 8999
Contact fax: (08) 9191 1221
Contact email: ehoic@sdwk.wa.gov.au
Council's web site: http://www.sdwk.wa.gov.au/

Health services:

This Award recognises the role of Local Government in understanding and addressing local major health and aged care priorities. Innovation and proactivity are the cornerstones of the Award. Councils that can demonstrate communities working in partnership with health professionals and local leaders, to identify and address local health and aged care issues are encouraged to apply. The Rural Award component of this Award will focus on the work of rural and remote communities in this field and will place some emphasis on ways that small rural communities are finding local solutions to local primary health and aged care needs.

Visit the sponsor's web site: www.health.gov.au


Last Updated: 17 October, 2013