Our commitment to improving Aboriginal health
We are committed to improving Aboriginal health. Please read our Statement of Commitment.
The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is committed to improving the health of Aboriginal people: we identify this as a strategic priority for the organisation. In line with this, an Aboriginal Health Plan and implementation roadmap has been developed to provide direction and track our progress against key Aboriginal health priority areas.
Some of the key areas of Aboriginal health are:
- Ensuring programs and services are accessible, affordable, relevant and appropriate for Aboriginal communities;
- Continuing to develop and strengthen effective partnerships and working relationships with the Aboriginal community controlled sector, Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal communities and other key stakeholders;
- Development and support of a skilled Aboriginal workforce;
- Ensuring governance, planning and advisory structures within the organisation are supportive of culturally relevant decision-making.
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Our Aboriginal nations
Our Local Health District includes the lands of many Aboriginal nations.
Publications and reports
Our Improving Aboriginal Health Strategy 2018-2023 outlines the journey over the next five years for Aboriginal health for our Local Health District, our key partners and most importantly for our local Aboriginal communities.
The strategy focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal population by setting realistic, achievable goals that focus on improving the environments we deliver our services in, the way we deliver these services and by strengthening our Aboriginal workforce.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched on 14th September 2017 by Professor Tom Calma, Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia and our Chief Executive, Scott Mclachlan. The launch took place during the 2017 Aboriginal Health Forum, which was attended by more than 100 members of our workforce.
The RAP is about what our organisation can do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. It will help us develop a more culturally safe and tolerant workplace that will contribute to improving service delivery to Aboriginal peoples, their families and communities.
Aboriginal Signage Strategy
The Arts and Signage Strategy aims to increase the districts cultural security by improving the cultural safety of its facilities.
The increase in cultural security will be achieved by a phased roll-out of culturally safe signage, including the use of unique Aboriginal artwork and language, at Base Hospital and Multipurpose Services.
The Western NSW Local Health District is pleased to invite Aboriginal Artist to submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for the Arts and Signage Strategy. The following town(s) are now accepting expressions of interest:
- Nyngan is currently accepting expressions of interest, click here to find out more and download the expression of interest form
Our Aboriginal workforce
We are committed to developing a skilled Aboriginal workforce reflective of our local Aboriginal population.
Meet our mob! We are proud of our Aboriginal workforce. We have Aboriginal people in various roles at varying levels within our organisation.
We have a variety of partnerships with other organisations who are also committed to improving Aboriginal health in our area including:
- Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Bila Muuji works to address health inequality in their local communities: Brewarrina, Bourke, Coomealla, Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Wellington and Walgett.
- TAFE Western
TAFE Western is committed to fostering social and economic development by providing innovative and relevant training aligned to job opportunities and community needs.
Programs and services
Integrated Care is about better connecting and resourcing our highly skilled and dedicated health network (GPs, nurses, specialists, allied health providers) to provide care that responds to all of a person’s health needs – physical and mental – in partnership with patients, carers and family.
Marang Dhali – Eating Well
Marang Dhali – Eating Well is a practical cooking and nutrition program consisting of 4-6 weekly sessions, usually 2 hours long, delivered by trained Aboriginal facilitators.
‘Marang Dhali’ is the Wiradjuri language phrase for ‘eating well’. We acknowledge and thank Stanley Vernard ‘Stan’ Grant Snr, AM, an Elder of the Wiradjuri Nation and Language Specialist of the Elders Council, for his advice and permission to use this phrase in the title of our Program.
Aboriginal participants cook healthy recipes, discuss ideas for good nutrition and share the prepared meal together, or take some home for the family to try. Target groups have included Elders and men’s groups, young mothers and teenagers.
To run a program, money is needed for food ingredients, venue hire and cook books The Program is coordinated by Health Promotion Officers from Population Health, Western NSW Local Health District and Aboriginal Health Workers, who have been part of the decision making since the start in 2011.
Western NSW Local Health District facilitators are supported by Health Promotion, receiving $600 per program (placed in local supermarkets), bulk Participant Packs (for participants to keep for home use) and annual Facilitator Sharing Days.
Marang Dhali was developed in response to the growing issue of food security in western New South Wales.
Mental health, drug & alcohol
The mental health of our Aboriginal people is very important to us. Read more about
mental health, drug and alcohol services across Western NSW Local Health District.
Information to help keep you healthy