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Aunty Jean's Good Health Program



Aunty Jean's Good Health Team Program (formerly known as Aunty Jean's Good Health Team Program - Aboriginal Chronic & Complex Care 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 memory of Aunty Jean Morris who had a long association with the Illawarra 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:

Evaluation of the program indicates improved wellbeing of Aboriginal people as well as improved health measures such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

The program is now running in the Southern and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts as well.

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Jean Turner
Coordinator, Nowra Aunty Jean's Program
Nowra Community Health
5-7 Lawrence Avenue
Nowra NSW 2541
Ph: (02) 4424 6300

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD)
Level 4, Lawson House
Wollongong Hospital
Wollongong NSW 2500
Locked Bag 8808
South Coast Mail Centre NSW 2521
Phone: (02) 4222 5000
Fax: (02) 4253 4878

Related publications

Willams R, Curtis S (2004)

Aunty Jean's Good Health Team: celebrating a successful model of an intervention for Indigenous peoples with chronic diseases.

The Chronicle; 8(3): 1, 3-5

Evaluated publications

Curtis S, Pegg D, Curtis O (2004)

Aunty Jean's Good Health Team: listening to the voices of the Elders to create an Aboriginal chronic and complex care program.

Unanderra, NSW: Illawarra Health


Last updated: 3 July 2017
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