Out­comes awarded

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

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.

Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Health

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.

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