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The aim of this project was to increase the capacity of Aboriginal health and community workers to respond to safety issues in the course of their work in the Bourke area of north-west New South Wales (NSW).
The Bourke Aboriginal Health Service had observed an increased numbers of injuries from alcohol-related violence and transport accidents. The health service identified the need for injury prevention skill development for health and community workers, and approached the George Institute of Global Health to undertake workforce training. Researchers from the George Institute developed and delivered a practical training package for workers, built around the development, implementation and evaluation of locally identified injury prevention projects. The project also aimed to enhance the collaboration between Aboriginal health and community workers and other health professionals.
The project was conducted over 18 months with support from the Department of Health and Ageing Injury Prevention Community Grants Program.
Dr Kathleen Clapham
University of Wollongong
Centre for Health Service Development
c/o Australian Health Services Research Institute
Building 234 (iC Enterprise 1)
Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
Wollongong NSW 2522
Ph: (02) 4221 5171
Fax: (02) 42214679