The overall vision for Koolin Balit funding in the Southern Metro Region is to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the Aboriginal Community; support the reduction of health inequalities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and work with the Aboriginal Health Coordinators to facilitate a more coordinated approach for service access and utilisation. A survey of the enliven Early Intervention and Integrated Care Alliance was undertaken to identify areas for focus and to provide targeted support to members. Work continues within the enliven catchment and in conjunction with DDACL in the following priority areas:
- sourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population data for the catchment;
- service mapping and identification of current service providers delivering health services to this population;
- identification of referral pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in the catchment; and
- further development of a working group of agencies supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the catchment.
enliven is continuing to source and distribute information to members regarding available services and service usage data by Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in the south east and are developing a comprehensive listing of services, both local and metro wide, provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We aim to further utilise our existing Early Intervention and Integrated Care Alliance in partnership with DDACL and the Aboriginal Health Coordinator to discuss issues related to Aboriginal Health and Koolin Balit. The EIIC Alliance will be best placed to identify referral pathways for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in our catchment and to improve cultural competency.
Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation Workshop
Participants from ten organisation’s attended a highly engaging Aboriginal Cultural Appreciation Workshop run by AJ Williams-Chen at the Casey Gathering Place in April. Amongst the many learnings of the day were:
- we learned how little we know of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander history past and recent;
- the importance of asking ALL people “are you or your family Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders?”;
- how transgenerational trauma impacts on people’s perceptions of and engagement with health services; and
- the need to deliver on what you promise and to ensure there is support/transport for people to attend an appointment or service.