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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Help to improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities

Mootang Tarimi means ‘living longer' and that is the goal for nurse Jo Krupa and Aboriginal Health Education Officer Veronica Lloyd who drive the health screening bus from Portland to Auburn in Western Sydney, New South Wales, to help improve the well-being of Aboriginal communities.

The Mootang Tarimi outreach screening program is part of the Nepean Blue Mountains local health district's Aboriginal chronic disease management program which checks on physical health but also connects people to other community services aimed at improving wellbeing.

'We offer an holistic approach to achieving total wellbeing, by checking on individuals' heart, blood pressure and renal (diabetes) health, as well as, linking them with other important services such as community nurses, GPs and community housing, if required.' said Veronica Lloyd.

'Experience tells us that it can be common for individuals to look after their families' and their communities' health before their own so we aim to make it easier to access simple screening services,' said nurse Jo Krupa. 'It's important for us to take the health screening service to the community rather than expecting them to come to us.'

Mootang Tarimi provides extensive follow-up care with all results forwarded on to the client's GP with specialist referrals to other service providers.

Source: Lithgow Mercury

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Last updated: 1 October 2013
 
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