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On 30 June 2009, the Continence Foundation Australia concluded the Continence education in remote Australia project (CERAP), funded by the Department of Health and Ageing as part of the National Rural Primary Health Projects Initiative.
CERAP was a continence education program tailored to the specific needs of Aboriginal Health Workers working in rural and remote Australia.
The education program was based on the CFA's & Benchmarque Group (RTO), Short Course and Certificate II course.
CERAP was managed by Continence Nurse Advisor Ailsa Sutherland, who delivered the program to over 257 Aboriginal Health Workers (including students and other health workers) across Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. This figure comprised 89 short courses and 168 Certificate II courses.
The outcomes of the program have been submitted to numerous conferences at both a national and international level. To date, these will be presented at the 18th National Conference on Incontinence and the 2009 International Continence Society Meeting in San Francisco.
The CFA plans to work in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing to ensure the outcomes of CERAP are sustained, and Aboriginal Health Workers continue to have access to this high quality education program. The CFA is pleased to announce that as an extension to their work in the area of education, the National Office has been successful in securing two Chronic Disease Self-management/Lifestyle and Risk Modification Grants.
The first grant, Chronic Disease Self Management in Remote Australia aims to up-skill Aboriginal Health Workers to equip Aboriginal people with chronic disease self-management skills. This project will build on the success of the CERAP.
The second grant Chronic Disease Self Management Nurse Advisor aims to up-skill Community and Primary Health Nurses with similar skills, building on the wide range of chronic disease education programs that are currently available in this area.
The focus of the education programs are on the diet and lifestyle factors that place people at risk of developing chronic diseases, which include; nutrition, smoking, alcohol and physical activity.
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