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The South Australian Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker program has successfully secured $2.7 million to fund environmental health programs in Aboriginal communities over the next three years.
The program, which has been running since 2010, helps to ensure a healthy living environment for people living in rural and remote Aboriginal communities.
Pika Wiya Health Service's Robert Haynes said the extension would help him and other Environmental Health Workers carry out their roles, and stated that there had been noticeable improvements since the implementation of the program. 'A healthy environment works out to be a healthy person,' he said.
Doctor Chris Lease, of SA Health, said that Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers play a dual role, helping to monitor and address potential environmental health issues while providing education to residents about home, personal and food hygiene.
'The Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers work within their own communities to help people understand how the quality of the environment around them can impact their health,' he said.
Projects that have been worked on include education campaigns around hand hygiene, safe drinking water and waste management, as well as monitoring and addressing environmental health issues including dog and pest control, food safety and rubbish management.
Source: The Transcontinental Port Augusta; ABC