It has more than 1600 clients on its books — most of the Aboriginal population of the Peel region — and has been invaluable in improving health outcomes for its patients.
Now, Nidjalla Waangan Mia Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Centre has been recognised for its efforts by way of a WA Health Excellence Award.
Amanda Poller, chief executive for service provider GP Down South, said staff members were very excited to be named the winner in the category for achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people at an awards cere- mony in Perth on Thursday last week.
Ms Poller said the centre had worked throughout the year to develop a system of monitoring health outcomes.
She said demonstrating improved health was no small feat and the team were pleased to be recognised for their achievement.
“Rather than simply looking at client numbers, Nidjalla Waangan Mia has been looking at the percentage of people who have adequate glycaemic control over their diabetes, for example, and the percentage of people who have regularly presented for health checks,” she said.
“It is challenging to measure improved health so this is a pretty big achievement.”
A Department of Health spokeswoman said the culturally appropriate healthcare service had succeeded in boosting immunisation rates for Aboriginal children from 71 per cent to 93 per cent in three years.
She said an outreach team provided services for local Aboriginal communities through residential health education programs, health promotion days and the Peel Mobile Health Service bus.
Nidjalla Waangan Mia, which opened in 2010, has 1633 active clients.
Nola Naylor and June Doyle, of South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, program manager Denise Puddick, practice manager Kerry Cabassi, elder Ivy Bennell, community member Katie Bennell and communications manager George Walley celebrate on Thursday.