Grad­u­ates Abo­rig­i­nal health boost

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

More health prac­ti­tion­ers will be avail­able in Carnar­von next month fol­low­ing the grad­u­a­tion of eight stu­dents from an Abo­rig­i­nal Health Worker Course.

Com­plet­ing the course en­ables the stu­dents to regis­ter with the Aus­tralian Health Prac­ti­tioner Reg­u­la­tion Agency and qual­i­fies them for a role sim­i­lar to an en­rolled or reg­is­tered nurse. Abo­rig­i­nal Health Coun­cil of West­ern Aus­tralia clin­i­cal trainer Kim Hawkett said stu­dents were trained to ad­dress a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges peo­ple in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties faced.

“They’re trained in ad­vo­cacy, li­ais­ing be­tween non-Abo­rig­i­nal health work­ers and Abo­rig­i­nals, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to nav­i­gat­ing cul­ture and lan­guage,” she said.

“They also look at holis­tic health.

“It’s not just a bandaid fix to a phys­i­cal prob­lem, it’s a look at fi­nan­cial health, en­vi­ron­men­tal health and spir­i­tual health too.

“On top of that, they’re also trained in di­ag­nos­tics, in­jec­tions, tak­ing tem­per­a­ture and other clin­i­cal skills.”

Three soon-to-be grad­u­ates are al­ready work­ing at Carnar­von Med­i­cal Ser­vice Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion and an­other two are ex­pected to soon start work­ing at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ms Hawkett said grad­u­ates still look­ing for em­ploy­ment were en­cour­aged to ap­ply for avail­able po­si­tions at CMSAC as well as ap­ply for an Abo­rig­i­nal Li­ai­son role at Carnar­von Hos­pi­tal.

The stu­dents will for­mally grad­u­ate at a cer­e­mony at Carnar­von Yacht Club on Oc­to­ber 26.

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