Fresh strat­egy for in­dige­nous health

Pilbara News - - Business - ■ Louise Alling­ham

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Di­rec­torate WA is work­ing to im­prove the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of en­vi­ron­men­tal health ser­vices to in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties across re­gional WA.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health prin­ci­pal ad­viser Robert Mul­lane said he is li­ais­ing with high-pro­file Abo­rig­i­nal health con­trac­tors in the Pil­bara to bring es­sen­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal health to in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

“Meet­ing and spend­ing time with our part­ner­ing Pil­bara-based con­trac­tors is an es­sen­tial part in us all work­ing to­gether to achieve com­mon goals,” he said.

Be­tween a third and a half of clin­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties can be at­trib­uted to poor en­vi­ron­men­tal health.

“Most of th­ese con­di­tions are pre­ventable,” Mr Mul­lane said.

“Good en­vi­ron­men­tal health stan­dards in and around the home and com­mu­nity pro­vide the es­sen­tial foun­da­tion that all other health ser­vices are built on.”

Through new strate­gies, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Di­rec­torate is aim­ing to bring pri­mary care and en­vi­ron­men­tal health ser­vices to­gether and tar­get the spe­cific needs of a com­mu­nity.

“No one or­gan­i­sa­tion alone can close the gap,” Mr Mul­lane said. “If the foun­da­tions are not right, then the rest will al­ways be hard work and the re­volv­ing­door syn­drome will con­tinue to af­flict ev­ery­one.”

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