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Aboriginal health workers lead the way in North West Queensland

Date posted: 10 August 2016

July’s national Chronic Disease Management Conference in Sydney was a chance for North West Hospital and Health Service staff in Queensland (Qld) to present their credentials to a wider audience. Nursing Director of Community and Primary Health Care, Joanne Shaw was one of three Qld speakers at the conference. Ms Shaw spoke about chronic disease management in Qld's North West. Alongside Ms Shaw were, Senior Health Worker Aunty Fran Page and Aboriginal Health Worker, Kirsten Gallagher. Ms Page and Ms Gallagher are from Mount Isa, Qld.

'We were able to showcase the great work done by the Chronic Disease and Primary Health Care,' said Ms Shaw, who sat with a panel discussing flexible funding methodologies and was conference chair at the Sydney conference on the second day. 'The other delegates were really impressed with our health worker-led models of care and the chronic disease models of care,' she said.

'All our health workers are Indigenous health workers, and that helps us to communicate effectively with patients and supports culturally sensitive care. The smoking cessation clinics were also seen as innovative, because they’re nurse practitioner led, rather than doctor led as in other places.'

When Ms Shaw put up a map showing the NWHHS covered an area bigger than Victoria, she got a great reaction.

'They were all quite blown away by the remoteness and the distances we cover. I think we left them with a lasting impression.'

Source: The North West Star

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Last updated: 10 August 2016
 
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