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Mawarnkarra Health Service takes care, not only of the physical aspect of health of the community, but also its mental, emotional and spiritual health. And we need your help to do so.

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Mawarnkarra aspires to be a strong, sustainable and recognised health service. We strive to work together to build healthier communities and positive change for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. We can achieve this by providing access to and delivering, quality health services to improve the physical, spiritual, cultural, social and emotional wellbeing of the families of Roebourne and surrounding towns and communities. 

 As well as supporting our clinic and programs, where many do not receive enough funding  Mawarnkarra Health Service has set up three programs without funding from the Government – these are the Perth Outreach Program, the Men’s Program and Women’s Program.

Dialysis Unit – Help Us to Upgrade Our Dialysis Unit from “Home Dialysis” to “Nurse Supported Dialysis Unit”

Mawarnkarra Health Service has an ongoing commitment to providing increased access to health services and programs at home in our Community.

In 2018, Mawarnkarra opened our Dialysis Unit at our property located in Roebourne. This unit included 4 new Dialysis Chairs and space for more patients to dialyse. However, this facility is classed as “Home Dialysis” and is not supported by any staffing. This year, the Board was approached by our Renal Specialist, Dr Irish, to support a transition from the current facility to a “Nurse Supported Dialysis Unit”. This transition will involve Government Support; Mawarnkarra seeking accreditation for the facility; and securing funds to employ staff.

A common issue is that we are seeing more patients requiring Nurse supported Dialysis Care. To access the current facility, the patient must be approved for self-dialysis or have a trained Carer to support them. If a patient does not qualify for our home dialysis, their only alternative options are to travel to Perth or South Hedland for Nurse Supported Dialysis.

Chronic Kidney Disease is a major health issue for our region and the number of patients requiring dialysis will only increase.

This transition to Nurse Supported Dialysis Care will allow more patients to access healthcare at home, and for some, this will mean that they can finally return home to live.

Perth Outreach Program – Help Us to Look After our People in the City

The Pilbara has generated great wealth and opportunities for all Australians and has seen great growth since the 1960s when mining became the dominant industry. Mawarnkarra Health Service has been operating since 1986 and is the only Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) in the City of Karratha region. Mawarnkarra has seen little investment from the non-Government sector including the mining industry. In our 36-year history, we have received less than $300,000 in financial donations. Only one Aboriginal Corporation has provided an ongoing donation of $5,000 per year for more than three consecutive years, which is located in the Shire of Ashburton region.

Despite the wealth generation, access to tertiary health care is still limited to Perth City. Pilbara residents including our Aboriginal population are required to travel to Perth for tertiary healthcare.

Mawarnkarra caters to more than 3,000 patients, many of whom have had to travel to Perth City for healthcare. The number of patients travelling to Perth City has dramatically increased over the past 5 years, which led to the Board supporting the creation of a “Perth Outreach” role. For some people, leaving your home and Community environment to go to Perth can be overwhelming and cause distress. The Perth Outreach role provides support to patients including:

  • Pick up from Perth airport.
  • Transport and assistance with check in to accommodation in Perth.
  • Transport from accommodation to hospital.
  • Attending patient medical appointments.
  • Communicating messages from the patient to family members back home.
  • Support for food and essentials.

The Perth Outreach Officers role is quite extensive – and often results in 10-12 hour working days.

Presently, this role is partly funded by Government Grants, and the rest is funded by Mawarnkarra by way of its own funds.

The Board would like to see this role supported by more staff, Perth based offices, and accommodation in Perth that is owned and managed by Mawarnkarra to ensure that our patients are accommodated in a Culturally Safe place when they are away from home.

Mawarnkarra invites corporate or other sponsors for this essential program.

Ideally, the Perth Outreach Program would include:

  • 1 x FTE Female Worker
  • 1 x FTE Male Worker
  • Perth Accommodation and Offices
  • 2 x Vehicles

For a full budget/ costing for all or parts of this Program, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Joan Hicks via 08 9182 0200 or j.hicks@mhs.org.au

Women’s Program – Help Us to Provide Stronger Support to our Women

Mawarnkarra Health Service has an ongoing commitment to providing culturally secure and safe health services and programs to our Aboriginal Community. This has involved our Board recognising the need for health programs specifically for men and for women.

Although there are health services and programs available to women in our Community, Mawarnkarra recognises the need to develop a Women’s Health Program that involves access to health services and programs for women only. This involves Mawarnkarra providing services and programs to women from a Women’s place; and Women’s specific events and mentors.

Many Aboriginal women prefer to talk to other women about their health issues or concerns.

Mawarnkarra has allocated a house to this Program. We are seeking corporate or other sponsors to contribute towards a Women’s Health Program for the next three years that includes:

· House refurbishments.

· Gardening and Landscaping.

· 2 x FTE Workers.

· Operating Expenses.

For a full budget/ costing for all or parts of this Program, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Joan Hicks via 08 9182 0200 or j.hicks@mhs.org.au

Men’s Program – Help Us to Provide Stronger Support to our Men

Mawarnkarra Health Service has an ongoing commitment to providing culturally secure and safe health services and programs to our Aboriginal Community. This has involved our Board recognising the need for health programs specifically for men and for women.

 

Although there are health services and programs available to men in our Community, Mawarnkarra recognises the need to develop a Men’s Health Program that involves access to health services and programs for men only. This involves Mawarnkarra providing services and programs to men from a Men’s place; access to a Men’s shed; and Men’s specific events and mentors.

Many Aboriginal men prefer to talk to other men about their health issues or concerns.

Mawarnkarra has allocated a house to this Program and successfully secured Lottery West funding for a Men’s Shed, that will be completed later this year. We are seeking corporate or other sponsors to contribute towards a Men’s Health Program for the next three years that includes:

  • Removal of asbestos and House refurbishments.
  • Gardening and Landscaping.
  • 2 x FTE Workers.
  • Operating Expenses.

For a full budget/ costing for all or parts of this Program, please contact our Chief Executive Officer, Joan Hicks via 08 9182 0200 or j.hicks@mhs.org.au

Donate Now

Mawarnkarra Health Service takes care, not only of the physical aspect of health of the community, but also its mental, emotional and spiritual health. And we need your help to do so.

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

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