Footprints to Better Health

Healthy Transition to Adulthood

Deliver a range of educational courses and workshops that target youth aged 9-24 years to improve confidence, social and emotional well being, and reduce risk taking behaviours related to drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

We run the following programs that ensure Aboriginal youth receive support services that increase their awareness and knowledge of risks associated with drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

Our initiatives include: building youth resilience; reduce risk taking behaviours; promote protective behaviours; provide healthy youth focused activities; counselling and support services for at risk youth; and the development of community connectedness and family values.

Fixing the Gaps and Improving the Patient’s Journey

An Aboriginal Health Journey Co-ordinator provides support for Aboriginal clients in their journey through the primary health care, hospitals, specialist services, allied health and social services. The co-ordinator will provide culturally secure support to Aboriginal people requiring assistance to access various health services across the Pilbara region.

Key partnerships are being established with all health services in the region to work co-operatively to ensure a reduction in incomplete treatments, increase in appropriate referrals, decreased unplanned re-admissions, reduced length of stay, improved appointment attendance, improved client satisfaction and increased ongoing support.

Regional Aboriginal Patient Transport Strategy

Client journey and transport teams work collaboratively to ensure seamless follow through of treatment plans and referral, suitable transport and support is provided to clients as well as coordinate accommodation, appointments, clinic attendance, specialist appointments, post operative follow up and returns to the community.

Indigenous Early Childhood Development

Collaborative Child Health

Enhancing communication and collaborative processes between service providers delivering immunisation, child health checks, early intervention therapies and treatments, and health promotion. Including:

Implementation of the 0–5 High Risk Program across the Pilbara, including:

Primary Health Care

Maternal and Child Health

Providing antenatal and postnatal parent education and support; developmental surveillance and changing behaviours in relation to chronic conditions in children (to 6 years). This program will also target remote communities.

Management of Chronic Conditions / Communicable Diseases

Providing assessment and referrals for conditions including diabetes/hypertension, cardiovascular and respiratory disease; infectious diseases and sexually transmitted infections; and sight and hearing.

Visual Impairment Prevention Program

The provision of a culturally appropriate diabetic retinopathy screening, assessment and referral service, utilising a non-mydriatic camera.

Health Awareness

Health awareness initiatives that include community wide education and community development activities focusing on the key health determinants of nutrition, physical activity and smoking, and additional health issues identified as priorities by the community. This output requires dedicated and identifiable staff resources.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Providing advocacy, support services and referrals to improve the communities overall emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.