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The My heart my family our culture (MHMFOC) project, run by the Heart Foundation of Western Australia (WA), focused on risk factor prevention for heart disease. By sharing information and raising awareness about heart disease risk factors, it was hoped that participants would be more able to reduce their risk of chronic diseases by self management.
Project management and resource development was led by the Aboriginal Health Manager from the Aboriginal Health Team in the Heart Foundation WA. The project was funded with a grant from Healthway, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and the WA Department of Health.
The MHMFOC program included the development of two resource packages, one for consumers the other for health professionals.
Evaluation of the program found that the MHMFOC resources were well accepted by the Aboriginal community overall. They were well received by health professionals and consumers alike. The fridge magnet and food ideas book were particularly popular.
Health professionals (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) found the resources well accepted and useful tools to communicate health messages to their clients. There were some suggestions to use fewer words and more pictures on the flip charts and risk factor handouts.
The success of the project has been credited to two main factors:
Abstract adapted from the Heart Foundation
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This resource package includes a series of information sheets for health professionals to use with their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. There are nine information sheets that relate to a range of health issues:
The information sheets were developed by the Heart Foundation Western Australia (WA) and funded by Healthway, Government Department of Health and Ageing - Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and the Department of Health WA.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract