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Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families



Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families

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Department Health and Families130 both mixed and single sex groups. Participation and engagement has been strong, with people appreciating the opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of their illness. An increased focus on insulin use for type 2 diabetes control with training and support for both patients and health professionals has also been established. The processes supporting care coordination for people with late stage renal disease to improve their management and outcomes were further strengthened, with referral guidelines and templates established, weekly case conferencing linking renal services and remote PHC teams and training modules in renal care and palliative care developed and delivered in Darwin and Alice Springs. PCD program staff worked in partnership with both government and non government organisations to increase the focus on tobacco control and to support community programs. The release of the Tobacco Action Plan allows joint planning for community work. Womens Health Strategy Unit (WHSU) The role of the WHSU is to: ! & !| & !| facilitate action in partnership with stakeholders to develop and implement best practice models that improve womens health. Key Achievements & !! provision of health services to migrant and refugee women. $ @ @ ! ! " Implementation Guide. Maternal, Child and Youth Health (MCYH) MCYH provides program support, training and practical assistance to remote area health centres and communities for core programs such as pregnancy care, Growth Assessment and Action (GAA) and Healthy School Aged Kids (HSAK). In addition, the Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture Program is supported in eight communities. The MCYH program works collaboratively with the non-government Aboriginal Medical Services. In 2010, the program leadership was enhanced through the appointment of the Child and Youth Health Program Leader with maternity services issues being taken up by the Midwifery Co-Director of Integrated Maternity Services, through the Maternity Services Clinical Reference Group. Key Achievements The new Healthy Under Five Kids Program was rolled out across remote communities in the Northern Territory as the universal child health program for Aboriginal children under ! # The Darwin Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) was implemented and provides continuity of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care to remote Aboriginal women, who travel to Darwin to give birth. Support was provided to two Aboriginal Health workers in the Darwin MGP and one from the Tennant Creek Hospital to commence studies in Bachelor of Midwifery.

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