Health Management

Management of health requires the collaboration of many health services and sectors to work together, particularly when it comes to chronic disease management, mental health and sexual health.

Chronic Disease

Australian Primary Care Collaboratives

The aim of this project is to encourage and support health services throughout Australia to deliver rapid, measurable, systematic and sustainable improvements in the care they provide to patients, through sound understanding and effective application of quality improvement methods and skills. The project commenced in July 2010 with 15 member services engaged. The first Learning Workshop (LW) was attended by 13 services (41 staff) and LW2 has been organised for October 29th and 30th. Through this program, services submit Data and Models for Improvement on a monthly basis, with feedback provided by Chronic Disease coordinators who act as Collaborative Program Managers (CPMs) responsible for submitting reports monthly to the Improvement Foundation.

The Non Government Chronic Disease Leadership Team

The Non Government Chronic Disease Leadership Team (NGCDLT) is a state wide forum that assists to build the capacity of the non government sector to implement the Queensland Strategy for Chronic Disease. It is an ongoing interface between the QH Chronic Disease coordinators; the QH chronic disease implementation team; Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ); Combiined Health Agencies Group (CHAG); and GPQ. The team is currently developing a joint project relevant to all stake holders, as the schedule and contract from QH stipulates that the team specifically include one joint project or initiative, to be developed, implemented and evaluated by the NGCDLT. The project is a Brief Intervention training package for use by staff throughout each sector. A secondary focus of this team is to enhance the policy and research environment and build new, and enhance existing, partnerships and collaborations. Regular meetings are convened with the Non Government Chronic Disease Leadership Team and an orientation/ joint power point presentation has been developed.

Mental Health

Community singing is part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and has long been associated with celebrations, social gatherings, ceremonies and festivals. Griffith University and QAIHC have come together to work on a project which will assess the impact of active engagement in community singing activities. Five singing groups have joined with Aboriginal country music legend and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Mr Roger Knox, to assess the impact of singing specifically on resilience and mental health and well-being. Through community controlled health services in South East Queensland, the project is being rigorously evaluated with over 100 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders living in South East Queensland having participated in one of these singing groups over the last 6 months. We’re looking forward to expanding the project with other community controlled health services.

Sexual Health

In Australia, higher rates of diagnosis of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) occur among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than among non Indigenous people. In the last year, sexual health has focused on a number of initiatives to address the high rates of STIs and BBVs.

Education

QAIHC continues to engage with QATSICHET in the delivery of the Diploma of Primary Health Care focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses.

Deadly Sex Conference

Since 2003, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Working Group has convened an annual forum for Indigenous Sexual Health Workers from Queensland Health and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health sector; Indigenous Project Officers from the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC); and other stakeholders working in Indigenous sexual health/blood borne viruses, to allow opportunity for training, skill development and networking. The most recent conference, branded ‘Deadly Sex’ was held in March 2010. The evaluation report illustrated the 2010 Deadly Sex Congress was, overall, a very favourably evaluated event and participants gained much from their attendance. A Summary of these evaluations illustrates that all learning objectives were achieved. The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council continue to support a number of research projects including the Indigenous Injecting Drug Use in Queensland: A Peer-based research project. This project looks at knowledge, risk and health care usage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the area of injecting drug use and blood borne viruses.

Sexual health and relationships in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people research project

This research project is a national research project surveying young [16yr- 29yr old] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The aim of this survey is to understand levels of knowledge; sexual health risk behaviour; and health service access of this demographic. QAIHC will be involved in consulting with communities and assisting with implementation.

Profile Development

The development of individual ‘profiles’ continues to occur, to give detailed information on the range of sexual health and blood borne virus programs; activities; and personnel currently employed. This is used as a tool to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Workers in their activities, and to enhance the capacity of workers and services in their pursuit of quality services. These profiles continue to be updated and maintained.

The Condoman Collaborative Campaign

This is a joint initiative between QAIHC and the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, which has resulted in a revamp of the 80’s social marketing campaign – Condoman – Don’t Be Shame Be Game. The current campaign maintains the theme and aims of the previous series in delivering messages about safe sex and sexual health promotion, however, Condoman has been revamped to appeal to today’s technologically advanced younger generation. The health promotion resources include a poster and comic.

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