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Program treating chronic diseases in rural areas

Date posted: 3 March 2014

Healthcare professionals in Western Australia's south west have taken part in a pilot program to teach chronic illness management in regional and rural areas.

Staff at South West Medicare Local, the federal government run body that manages primary health care, joined a Melbourne based training organisation to train 20 nurses in the region, to promote health and encourage ‘self-management’ of chronic illnesses.

South West Aboriginal Medical Service nurse Josie Carson, took part in the program and she says the course had allowed her to do health checks more adequately.

'It’s actually empowered me to empower clients to take care of their health,' she said.

Ms Carson is heading to a remote Aboriginal community, Balgo, next month to teach the program to others.

Source: ABC Rural


Last updated: 5 March 2014
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