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The Department of Health is using a culturally appropriate approach in engaging the metropolitan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to help close the health disparity gap between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) funded Moorditj Djena, meaning strong or good feet in the Noongar language, has been operating since February 2010 and focuses on podiatry, diabetes education, and increasing Aboriginal peoples access to the treatment of high risk foot problems.
Moorditj Djena South Metropolitan Manager, Maureen Unsworth says having Aboriginal staff as the first point of contact for the community is the key to their approach.
'They know the community well, they know the families well and they can address arising issues and respond appropriately.' she said.
Source: Science Network Western Australia