Jul 14
Aboriginal Chronic Care a Priority for Western NSW

Launched during recent NAIDOC Week celebrations, two Aboriginal Health Workers are combining their skills to provide a dedicated Chronic Care Clinic for Aboriginal people at Coonabarabran Health Service.

Aboriginal Elder, Chery Wasley who has a long history treating and preventing chronic diseases said she is available to provide assessments and education on specific conditions faced by Aboriginal people.

“There are a number of health issues Aboriginal people face daily. If we can help manage some of the community’s own health issues it can reduce the number of health challenges we face in other aspects of life,” Cheryl said.

“I’m available every Monday at the Clinic, and would encourage Aboriginal people in our community who are concerned about their health to make an appointment to see me.”

“Aboriginal people can take better control of their health with a little support. The first visit may just be for a yarn and assessment. It takes some time to get your head around how much help is available. With time we can direct people to some of the valuable programs offered by the health service,” Cheryl said.

Aboriginal Health Worker, Daniel Percival also performs health assessments and assists clients to use available services at the Chronic Care Clinic every Tuesday.

“If health pops into your head, pop into health!” Daniel said.

“Our community health centre has lots of services available for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and anyone concerned about their health should make an appointment.”

One service available to help people get healthier, more active and maintain weight is the ‘Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service’, which offers a free personal coach over the phone.

“Using a service such as Get Healthy means our people are getting help from health workers they know, as well as extra support in their own home,” Cheryl said.

Appointments for the Chronic Care Clinic can be made by ringing or leaving a message for Cheryl on (02) 6826 6139 or Daniel on (02) 6826 6123. Making an appointment will ensure people are seen at a time which suits them without waiting too long in the waiting room.

For advice on healthy eating, getting active and maintaining weight you can call 1300 806 258 or enrol for 6 months free coaching at www.gethealthynsw.com.au.

Alternatively, for questions about local community health services please ring your local health service. Find your local facility by visiting the Western NSW Local Health District website http://wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/.

Media enquiries:Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au