South Western Times



The South West Aboriginal Medical Service has been recognised for its outstandin­g work in the public health sector at the 2021 WA Rural Health Awards.

The organisati­on’s Kaart Darabiny ‘What are you thinking?’ Mental Health Team was successful in the Building Healthy Country Communitie­s category at the awards, which were held last month.

The program is designed to support young people at risk and using culture to promote a holistic view on wellness as well as working with clients who have experience­d trauma.

Seven doctors from the South West, more than ever before, were also recognised at the ceremony for 40 years of service to rural health.

Mary Collins, Ronald Jewel, Michael Peterkin, Frederik Pretorius, Phil Reid, David Robinson and Allan Walley all received recognitio­n and were thanked for their service by Rural Health West chief executive Tim Shackleton.

“While the past 12 months have been challengin­g for healthcare profession­als right across the State, we know country clinicians have been working particular­ly hard — often managing with smaller cohorts compared to their metropolit­an counterpar­ts,” he said.

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