Our ServicesImproving Health and Wellbeing with Miwatj Aboriginal Health Services
Our Indigenous Health Services have a strong focus on Public Health.
We aim to protect and improve the Aboriginal community’s health through education, encouraging healthy lifestyles and advocating for structural improvements that impact the social determinants of health.
Miwatj Health also works closely in partnership with other organisations to advance the above Public Health goals.
Our Miwatj Health Services
NDIS is an Australian scheme providing a new way for people with disabilities to get the support they need.
NDIS invests early in children with disabilities to improve their quality of life significantly. It is hoped that with early intervention, participants will receive the support they need during their early years and this will result in better outcomes for both them and the communities in which they live, as they grow up.
At Miwatj Aboriginal Health we take a person-centred approach through individualised funding plans. This provides peace of mind that if they, their child or loved one is diagnosed with a disability, they will receive highly targeted support services focused on addressing their individual needs.
Mental Health Services
Our Miwatj mental health program operates across the Gove Peninsula, Ramingiṉiŋ, Miliŋinbi, Galiwin’ku, and Gapuwiyak.
Our clinicians work alongside our community based Mental Health Workers in the areas of AOD/VSA and mental health. The team works in an integrated way across Miwatj clinic GP’s and other clinic based Primary Health Care programs.
The program aims to provide culturally safe mental health services that address the needs of our Indigenous communities. This ensures that clients access the right service, at the right time, and in a manner that appropriately meets their needs.
The purpose of Public Health is to protect and improve the health of Indigenous communities, through education, encouraging healthy lifestyles and advocating for structural improvements that impact the Social Determinants of Health.
Our Miwatj Public Health Teams work in partnership with other health professionals to advance the above goals of Public Health.
The disease profile among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, when compared with the non-Indigenous population, indicates that they develop kidney disease 3 times as often, are almost 4 times more likely to receive kidney transplants, and are 9 times as likely to rely on dialysis.
To address renal disease across the Miwatj region, Miwatj Health established the first nurse assisted haemodialysis service in Yirrkala in 2012, to enable Dr M. Yunupingu to return to country. Since 2015, Miwatj has partnered with Purple House, to continue this service in Yirrkala, and since expanded to Angurugu. There are now plans for a nurse-assisted dialysis service into Galiwin’ku in the future. While these services are not yet permanent, the introduction of the MBS item for remote dialysis in 2018 supports the long-term viability of this model.
In the Gove Peninsula and Barra Ward, our Healthy Kidneys Program manages stage 3-5 chronic kidney disease, monitoring of stages 1 and 2 CKD, kidney health education and promotion, care co-ordination and support for patients in end stage renal disease and preparing for renal replacement therapy.
Miwatj Health, in partnership with Purple House, provides a nurse assisted respite dialysis service for up to 4 patients at a time in each community. Each site has 2 dialysis machines and 1 Nurse. Regular patient group meetings are held in Darwin and community to plan service and to ensure community needs are being met.
At Miwatj Health, this mix of services, addresses some of the main causes of illnesses affecting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. Successfully delivering primary health care in remote parts of the NT requires a flexible approach, recognising the decentralised nature of Aboriginal populations.
In addition to our Miwatj clinical services, acute care and longer-term preventive care, our Aboriginal health service focuses on education and primary prevention programs to tackle the most important risk factors impacting Aboriginal health in this region.
Today, half of our Miwatj workforce are Yolŋu, however, we also depend on health professionals from elsewhere who work together with our Yolŋu staff, and the wider community.
Are you interested in contributing to a better future for our Yolŋu, Anindilyakwa and Nunggubuyu people?
We invite you to explore current career opportunities at Miwatj Health.
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