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The latest Indigenous environmental health news from Western Australia's Goldfields region was recently featured in the newsletter of the WA Environmental Health Directorate in this article by Robert Mullane:
Serving the Goldfields' Communities
During February, 3 ½ days was spent travelling to a number of Aboriginal communities and meeting with numerous agencies in the Goldfields to improve the delivery and management of the region's Aboriginal environmental health programs and services.
During the trip, more than 10 different meetings were held with representatives and environmental health staff from Kurrawang and Mt Margaret communities, Menzies Aboriginal Corporation, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, WA County Health's Goldfields Population Health unit, and Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni.
Everyone expressed great interest in and a growing awareness of the importance of environmental health in 'closing the gap' between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health outcomes. There was a lot to talk about including:
Feedback was very positive, especially the rollout of the new service activity reporting tool and database, the establishment of a Regional Aboriginal Environmental Health Forum and the introduction and use of the new CEHPs and processes.
Source: (WA) Environmental Health Directorate
Program Officer - Aboriginal Environmental Health
Environmental Health Directorate
WA Health Department
Grace Vaughan House
227 Stubbs Terrace
Shenton Park WA 6008
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Ph: (08) 9388 4935