Population Health

Regional Sexual Health Program

The Regional Sexual Health program provides clinical education, training and resources to deliver high quality sexual health services to clients in the Kimberley. In particular, support and facilitation for an increase by clinicians and health workers of opportunistic and targeted screening with appropriate management and follow up of people with sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses. The program works closely with communities to identify and develop prevention and education strategies that are culturally specific to the region.

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Hepatitis B Project

Hepatitis WA and KAMS have partnered to implement a hepatitis B community education project primarily targeting Aboriginal adult males in the communities of Broome, Derby, Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga. The project raises community awareness and knowledge of hepatitis B amongst Aboriginal adult males, to encourage accessing testing, and to seek appropriate management and treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection as required.

Regional Men’s Health Program

The Men’s Health Program provides support, advocacy and coordination of improved health care practices and identification of service provision gaps within Aboriginal men in the Kimberley using culturally safe engagement strategies. The program engages with Kimberley men to implement men’s health programs, development of health literacy and relevant health campaigns for improved health outcomes of Aboriginal men living in remote communities.

Regional Rheumatic Heart Disease Program

The Regional RHD program aims to improve health outcomes of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley who have been diagnosed with Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease. This is achieved through improved uptake strategies of and adherence to secondary prophylaxis, care continuum and increasing awareness of diagnosis/ management among health care providers. The program works closely with other services to identify and implement prevention strategies in relation to environmental health issues and health promotion campaigns.

The Regional RHD program provides comprehensive clinical training and community education using the KAMS RHD education tools and health literacy materials.

Regional Hearing Health Program

The Regional Hearing Health program provides various supports and training to local health care workers in the management of ear disease and improved hearing health outcomes in their communities across the Kimberley. There is a strong focus on community education and health promotion campaigns to assist in the prevention of ear disease while providing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the Kimberley access to an ENT specialist for onsite clinical training for staff.

Ear Eye Oral Health Program

The Ear Eye Oral Health program provides hearing health, eye health and oral health screening support services by Aboriginal Health Workers to identified communities in the Kimberley; Kutjungka region, Red Hill, Ringer Soak and Bidyadanga. The program is aimed at 0-15 year olds to promote early referral pathways to ENT specialist, optometrists and dental health services for improved health outcomes of children in remote communities.

This program also provides fluoride varnish application by trained Aboriginal Health Workers to children for the prevention of tooth decay and oral health issues.

Healthy Communities Team

The Healthy Communities Team provides health promotion training, advocacy, and assistance to Kimberley Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS). This support enables ACCHS to plan, deliver and manage population health programs from a community development perspective. The program has 2 graphic designers focusing on working alongside the community and Kimberley ACCHS to develop culturally safe health promotion literature and health education tools such as the Healthy Communities Toolkit.