A panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts discussed what success looks like when the community drives the research
Thursday, 19 November 2015, National Library of Australia Theatre, Parkes Place, Canberra
Mr Leslie Baird, Wontulp Bi-Buya College, Cairns
Family Wellbeing Program (FWB)
FWB is an effective social and emotional wellbeing program originally developed and delivered by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The central objective of FWB is to develop people’s skills and capacity to move from a position of disempowerment to empowerment, to take control and change their lives. The Family Wellbeing program was originally developed in 1993 by the Aboriginal Employment Development Branch of the South Australian Department of Education, Training and Employment. Over the last 21 years, the program has continued and spread with little formal support and is now nationally active across most states and territories, along with some international uptake.
Mr Cleveland Fagan, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Cairns
The Funding, Accountability and Results (FAR) project
The FAR project was an extended observational study of reforms in the Northern Territory and Cape York, Queensland, that aimed to transfer primary health care services to regional Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHOs), in a partnership approach between the sector and federal and jurisdictional health departments. Published under the title, The Road is Made by Walking: Towards a better primary health care system for Australia’s First Peoples, the project conclusions call for a resetting of the relationship between the sector and government, so that it works well to meet the needs of both funders and ACCHOs, and most importantly to enable universal access to comprehensive primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Dr Kim O'Donnell, Flinders University, Adelaide
Managing Two Worlds Together Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys
Health care is delivered in specialised segments, but mostly succeeds or fails as a package. Tracking patients’ experience through the system is an effective way to evaluate how and why the package works – or doesn’t. The Managing Two Worlds Together project investigated what works well and what needs improvement in the health system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who travel for hospital and specialist care from rural and remote areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory to city hospitals. The project highlighted the critical segments and gaps and produced practical tools that can be used by health professionals, patients and their families to identify what support is needed, and how coordination, communication, collaboration and cultural safety can be improved.