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The Aboriginal family holiday program (AFHP) was developed in consultation with local Aboriginal Elders, Aboriginal health service and Aboriginal families in the Drouin area of Victoria (Vic). The program was funded by the Department of Health, Victoria and developed by the health promotion team at West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG). AFHP planning and implementation involved collaboration throughout the program with several key stakeholders including WGHG, Close the gap local advisor committee, Baw Baw Shire council, a committee from Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation (RDAC) and GippSport.
The program was designed to nurture health and wellbeing and provide an opportunity to build rapport between community members and health services in the area. The flexible design of the program allowed the health team to respond to the needs of the community during program delivery.
A twelve day program was delivered over the school holidays in 2012 and included:
To evaluate the program, the following data was collected:
Additional outputs evaluated included the number of collaborative partnerships developed between organisations with a view to future program delivery.
The most favoured activities included fishing, swimming and the East Gippsland overnight trip. Throughout the program participants learnt new skills, sampled new healthy foods, spent time with someone they normally wouldn't spend time with and learnt new information about their culture and ancestors.
Abstract adapted from West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Coordinator Aboriginal mentoring program
West Gippsland Healthcare Group
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Warragul, Vic 3820
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