Fresh strategy for indigenous health
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.”