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The Ngarandhi project seeks to promote good sexual health practices among young people in the La Perouse community through peer education outreach work. The project involves training youths in the area to undertake the role of peer education outreach workers whereby they interact with local youths and provide resources, information, or play games that have an educational focus. The project has been designed to target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 - 25 years but is not exclusive to this population and can be accessed by people of varying ages and cultural backgrounds.
Future plans for the project include the coordination and delivery of cultural awareness and sensitivity training for GPs and medical centres in the local and surrounding areas. Plans are also underway for the development of a local Aboriginal youth health GP clinic which will address the lack of a specific youth health service in the La Perouse community. The clinic will offer bulk billing, general practice services including sexual health advice, education, and services that will supplement the information provided by the peer education outreach workers.
Ngarandhi is part of a larger program plan which seeks to attain better sexual health outcomes and health education opportunities for all community members, particularly youths. This program plan is a collaborative effort between The South Eastern Sydney Division of General Practice, The La Perouse Youth Haven, The Sydney Sexual Health Centre, and the La Perouse Aboriginal Community.
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