Kimberley Aboriginal Health Planning Forum

OUR OBJECTIVE
The objective of the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Planning Forum (KAHPF) is to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Kimberley region of Western Australia through a co-ordinated approach to the planning and delivery of primary health and health related services.

CURRENT INITIATIVES

A new Kimberley Aboriginal Primary Health plan is being developed!
Health promotion in school-no smoking

KAHPF members’ vision for Aboriginal health in the region are based on the following concepts:

  • Wellness – strong liyan – improved quality of life
  • Equitable access to services across the region
  • Aboriginal people owning their own and their family’s health
  • Eradication of Third World problems
  • Connected health care
At the Forum meeting in June 2016 members brainstormed the possible content of the new Primary Health Plan. Some of the ideas to be adopted:

  • A focus on opportunities rather than gaps
  • Consideration of alternative service delivery models
  • Basing priorities in the plan on data and identifying measurable performance indicators (KPIs)
  • A focus on the foundations of good health
Watch this space!
The new plan should be ready by early 2017.

The Kimberley Skin Health Regional Partnership
Handwashing for Skin Health Program
In September 2015 KAHPF members signed up to take collaborative action to improve skin health in the region.

The aims of the regional partnership are to:

  • To achieve skin integrity for every Aboriginal person in the Kimberley by working in partnership and building local capacity.
  • To reduce skin infections especially among Aboriginal children and eliminate preventable communicable diseases caused by the environment.
Environmental determinants are a major contributor to the high rates of skin disease experienced by Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley.

Making a difference is beyond the lone action of any single member of the KAHPF. Instead, a coherent and organized regional partnership will make a positive difference – which will be evidenced by a decrease in skin infections among Aboriginal children and an improvement in environmental conditions for all.

The first action taken by the KAHPF’s Environmental Health Sub-committee which is driving action under the partnership has been to strengthen the referral pathways between primary health care and environmental health services.