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Aunty Jean's good health team program was built around the idea that better results would be seen if the community could work together for better health outcomes, with the Elders leading the way. Developed and piloted in the Illawara district of NSW, the strong and supportive relationship between local Elders and Aboriginal Health Workers gave the program its identity and direction. The program was named in the memory of Aunty Jean Morris who had a long association with the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and was well respected and loved by all those who knew her.
The primary aim for the pilot project was to develop a combined model of health promotion, education and self-management that could support and sustain the development of good health behaviours and strategies for Indigenous people with chronic and complex care needs. The program's community capacity-building objectives included:
The program has been rolled out across Great Southern Area Health Service (NSW), including the towns of Albury, Tumut, Griffith, Darlington Point, Moama, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Bega, Eden and Moruya.
Evaluation of the program indicates improved wellbeing of Aboriginal people as well as improved health measures such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
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Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD)
Level 4, Lawson House
Wollongong NSW 2500
Locked Bag 8808
South Coast Mail Centre NSW 2521
Phone: (02) 4222 5000
Fax: (02) 4253 4878