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Training program to improve ear health among Aboriginal people

A training program to assist Aboriginal Health Workers to provide ear health care to their communities is being delivered around the state by the Aboriginal Health Council of WA. The two week ear health training program was delivered in four different locations last year, and 23 Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have graduated from the course so far. The program is scheduled to be delivered in at least four more locations this year including Perth, Broome and Kalgoorlie. More trainings will be scheduled for the second half of the year. The program teaches AHWs how to manage ear infections, carry out screening, identify risk factors and plan ear health promotion and strategies. AHCWA Chairpers

Government needs to invest more in Aboriginal controlled services

WA’s peak Aboriginal health organisation has called on governments to invest more in Aboriginal controlled services if they are serious about closing the gap. The latest Closing the Gap report revealed very little progress was being made to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people in Australia. The report showed the life expectancy of Indigenous Australians was still on average 10 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. The report also found there had been no significant decline in child mortality rates since 2008, with Indigenous children aged 0-4 more than twice as likely to die than non-Indigenous children. Aboriginal Health Council of WA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox said she was ver

Aboriginal Health Workers complete sexual health training

Aboriginal Health Workers around the state are being trained to carry out testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections, in a bid to increase testing rates among Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Health Council of WA initially ran the pilot program ‘The Birds and BBVs’ in Albany in May last year, and since then, 49 people have participated in the training. The two-day training course has been held in Broome, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Roebourne and Perth. AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson Cox said rates of STIs and Blood Borne Viruses were far higher among Aboriginal people than the general population. “Aboriginal people are five times more likely to have chlamydia, 14 times more at risk of gonorrhe

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