KWHB runs numerous community based health programs as part of our commitment to consistent preventative health messages across the span of a lifetime.
Substance use / social and emotional wellbeing
KWHB runs a comprehensive alcohol and other drugs program, with a focus on harmful Alcohol, Tobacco and Gunja consumption in remote communities. The program is highly responsive, with the ability of seeing a patient for counselling within 48 hours for brief intervention or professional services referral. We have recently added two experienced Aboriginal community leaders (1x male, 1x female) to our AOD Program as support workers. KWHB is also developing a mental health program for the 2015-2016 year.
Food Supply and Nutrition
It can often be difficult to access quality food and drink in remote areas, so our food supply nutritionist works with stores and communities to ensure good knowledge of diet and food requirements throughout the lifetime, from young babies to children, pregnant mothers and older people with chronic conditions.
KWHB continues to address Trachoma/Thrichiasis throughout our region. KWHB were a driving force in the development of the Trachoma Story Kits, developed with Melbourne University in 2010. Our rates of Trachoma and eye disease are decreasing slowly, and we continue to focus on this prevention at a health centre and community program level.
Regional Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyles
KWHB have recently launched a Tackling Tobacco Program with an experience health promotion advisor joining our team based in Kalkaringi to launch the program. The aim is to better understand our data around smoking and to implement a comprehensive grassroots approach to engaging smokers in our region, especially within family groups.
KWHB employs a midwife (remotely based) in our region to work across our health teams to ensure quality and consistency of midwifery services.
KWHB has recently recruited a new Child Health Nurse Practitioner to our team, who will be responsible for engaging with service providers (schools, child care, sport programs) to engage children with messages around living healthy, eating healthy and developing well. A large focus of this role will be around childhood Anaemia (iron defficiency) as our KPIs are indicating a recent increase in this data set.
KWHB has embedded Chronic Disease care in everything we do, however we do have specific Chronic Disease support staff based in some of our regions to ensure that checks, medicines and other information is being provided to affected patients. We also engage a Ngumbin Liaison Officer to ensure that patients who are requiring specialist services in town (Katherine or Darwin) are able to have their care properly coordinated.
KWHB engages a regional sexual health program in concert with Wurli and Sunrise Health Services. The Sexual Health Coordinator travels to our region frequently to engage clients around STIs, contraception and other issues.
KWHB acknowledges the high rates of Diabetes in our region, and engages a full time Diabetes Educator to work in our region talking to people about diet, medications, approaches to treatment and other health issues that are inevitably related to Diabetes.