Service earns accreditation
■ Mawarnkarra Health Service in Roebourne has achieved yet another step towards excellence, gaining full accreditation from the Quality Improvement Council for its best practice service delivery.
The accreditation requires health services to pass strict tests based on the quality of their processes and policies.
It’s the second accreditation for the Roebourne-based health service this year after it received an Australian General Practice accreditation for its clinic in March.
Mawarnkarra compliance specialist Kellene Hicks said the accreditations demonstrated how far the organisation had come since it was established almost 30 years ago.
“Our latest accreditation has given us independent recognition of how we’ve brought our finance, human resources, programs and procedures in line with best practice,” she said.
“Staff at Mawarnkarra live and breathe the health service — even after hours they are available so the outcomes for Aboriginal people in the community are always improving.
“From here we can only grow from strength to strength.” Mawarnkarra board member Jolleen Hicks said the board would continue to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people in the community.
“We want to be seen as the leading healthcare provider in our community and respected by the Government and other stakeholders,” she said.
“The board is focused on business improvement, not only through the accreditation process, but also around how we enable ourselves to develop our own programs.”
Mawarnkarra chief executive Joan Hicks said the organisation had many exciting plans for the future.
“We’re looking at developing a strategy around men’s Aboriginal health and building a wellbeing centre that offers services targeted at men who are currently not accessing clinic services,” she said.
“We will continue to develop our own strategies specifically around the health needs of the Roebourne community.
“We want to show the rest of the region how many good things are going on in town and how much success we have enjoyed from involving the community in the delivery of our services.”