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The EON training and education program provides formal and informal training to Indigenous community members. Training is delivered by EON project managers when they visit communities each fortnight.
The program is designed to build the communities capacity and confidence to support healthy lifestyle changes, community ownership and life-long wellness in the community.
The EON training and education program is a component of the EON thriving communities program and has been integrated into cross-curricular activities within schools. The gardens in the schools have become an alfresco classroom where language, maths and life skills are learnt.
The program provides:
Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere Foundation
The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.
The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:
The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract