Best practise for aged care and indigenous health on show for Minister
Posted September 28, 2017
Best-practise in Indi was on show on 25 and 26 September 2017 to the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health the Hon Ken Wyatt. Thank you to the organisations and community members who showed the solid work being done by aged care practitioners and educators, and indigenous communities. Well done to:
- Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service
- La Trobe University and the John Richards initiative
- St Catherine's Hostel
- Wodonga Aboriginal Network
- Dirrawarra Indigenous Network
- NESAY and Gotafe students
- Proud and Deadly Awards winners
- Burraja Cultural Centre
Minister Wyatt met with Proud and Deadly Awards winners and GOTAFE students who submitted entries to NESAY's Youth4Indi Project.
Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service talked with Minister Wyatt about the importance of transport for patients to and from appointments, ongoing funding for stolen generation programs, and the crucial role of child and family health services. Each year there are 80 indigenous babies born in the region and AWAHS manages 3000 patients - and 20,000 patient contacts!
Minister Ken Wyatt was impressed with the quality of care residents at St Catherine's get from Nurse Practitioner Steven Voogt. There will be more and more demand for Nurse Practitioners in regional aged care, so more resources for training and Medicare rebates will be needed. Video of press conference with Minister Wyatt and Cathy here.
The John Richards Initiative at La Trobe University has run for ten years as the only interdisciplinary rural/regional aged care research facility in Australia. This is an outstanding example of the power of local philanthropy in regional communities from John Richards. Minister Wyatt said he is keen to explore a government partnership with La Trobe University regarding regional aged care.
Burraja Cultural Centre, Wodonga, is supported by volunteers and provides training in traditional knowledge and skills. The spear throwing by the young people was something to see!