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This pilot program aims to reach 2,000 frontline health workers, working in the area of Indigenous health in Western Australia (WA) during 2012 and early 2013.
The program runs free workshops from one to two hours and provides interactive training to Indigenous and other health workers to increase their awareness of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website, and equip them with the skills to obtain the health information needed to optimise their practice.
This practical, hands-on approach will ensure that health practitioners and health workers are better informed and supported. Following a general introduction to the HealthInfoNet and what it has to offer, the workshops will be tailored to the needs of particular groups, for example the focus may be on substance use, social and emotional wellbeing, or ear health.
The project is funded by Healthway and WA's Health Promotion Foundation, and with the support of the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), the project will direct special attention to workers employed by Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs). The project also hopes to extend the reach of the workshops by providing 'train the trainer' type workshops for Indigenous health promotion officers based in ACCHSs.
HealthInfoNet Workshop Program Coordinator