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AMSANT annual report 2016-2017



AMSANT annual report 2016-2017

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Annual report 2016-2017; Aborignal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory annual report 2016-2017


Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory


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AMSANT.ORG.AU 25 AMSANT ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 24 data for quality improvement. The NT is one of ten sites to pilot HCHs. AMSANT disseminated information about this reform to our sector and our services have been keen to participate, with half of the HCHs sites being ACCHSs. We are collaborating with the NT PHN and member ACCHSs on planning the roll-out of this complex program to our sector. Outreach service delivery Allied health and diabetic specialist outreach services are funded by the NT PHN through a scheme called Medical Outreach for Indigenous Chronic Disease (MOICD). It is critical these important services are provided effectively and equitably. An AMSANT evaluation of MOICD found that members wanted more say in what services were provided and that more work needs to be done to improve integration and communication between outreach services and resident teams. With three years funding for the program it is hoped the evaluations key recommendations will be implemented over this time. Sexual Health AMSANT is implementing a sexual health peer support project, aiming to educate young Aboriginal people in remote areas about sexual health and to build their skills to provide sexual health education to their peers with support from the AMSANT coordinators. This project is led by Associate Professor James Ward at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and involves four affiliates. Intensive planning is now underway to implement this two-year program. Policy During the year, we made multiple policy submissions in the public health arena. These included submissions on Indigenous Practice Incentives Program (PIP); the Commonwealth and NT Ombudsmans review of access to interpreters; review of the NT renal strategy; and Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement. Early Childhood The NT Government is developing an early childhood strategy through the Office of the Chief Minister. An expert reference group and a working group have been convened to assist in development of the strategy. Donna Ah Chee (CEO of Congress) and Olga Havanen (CEO of Danila Dilba) are co-chairing the expert reference group and AMSANT staff are participating in the working group to advise and guide the strategy. Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) The SEWB units team of three has been working on key areas comprising supervision for AOD workforce in ACCHSs; supporting ACCHSs to become trauma informed; and providing policy and advocacy advice. The Commonwealth Department of Health provided funding through the NT PHN to expand SEWB and AOD services within Aboriginal PHC. AMSANT undertook a needs analysis in our sector and worked collaboratively with the NTG and NT PHN through the NT Aboriginal Health Forum (NTAHF) to plan an equitable expansion of the workforce across both government clinics and ACCHSs. It was pleasing to see an expansion of the SEWB/AOD workforce within Aboriginal PHC where it is most needed. AMSANT was also funded for an additional position through the NT PHN to support the growing SEWB/AOD workforce and to hold an annual forum. Sarah Haythornthwaite is chairing a NTAHF SEWB committee that has refined an Aboriginalled SEWB model within primary health care. This work has been integral to planning for the expansion of the SEWB workforce within PHC. Trauma Informed Care AMSANT received two years funding to support the sector to work towards becoming trauma informed, including through training and system change. The SEWB unit has developed a Trauma Informed Primary Health Care Action Group to consult, collaborate and lead trauma informed care across the NT. Members include key people working within Aboriginal PHC as well as Aboriginal leaders working nationally in trauma informed care. We also designed and delivered trauma informed care training to the staff at Congress, Danila Dilba and Wurli Wurlinjang. Plans are underway to extend this training across more ACCHSs and also support system change to embed TIC within service delivery by mentoring and supporting key staff. We are also collaborating with the government sector. The team has also held discussions with Territory Families about the need for the child protection and juvenile justice services to develop trauma informed systems and to ensure all staff are trained in trauma informed approaches.

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