West Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009 - 2010
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Strategy 1.7.2 - Establish a partnership with the Department of Employment, Education and Training to maximise primary and secondary education outcomes and drug and alcohol education. (Now the Department Employment, Education and Workplace Relations). Council staff participated with local schools regarding drug and alcohol education. Gunbalanya volatile substance abuse program has been educating young people about drug and alcohol misuse through a band called West Arnhem Boss. Council delivered a successful youth diversion program with the employment of youth diversion staff within Councils agency services section. The Gunbang Action Group (Jabiru and Gunbalanya) has developed a draft alcohol management plan with councils input. The Volatile Substance Abuse Management Committee has collaborated with the school to deliver an awareness program around the dangers of petrol sniffing. Outcome 1.8 Improved community health and safety outcomes for our communities. Strategy 1.8.1 - Work with the Department of Health and Community Services to develop standardisation of clinic operating hours across the Shire. Council has been aware of an approach to regionalise health services, however clinic operating hours are the responsibility of individual community clinics and dependent on staff and resources. Strategy 1.8.2 - Seek clarification, with the Department of Health and Community Services, to determine if all Shire residents have equal access to health services within the Shire. Council has supported and liaised with community health centres in relation to various health issues across the Shire. Council Home and Community Care Team Leaders liaise regularly with community clinics to ensure clients are receiving adequate health provision. Strategy 1.8.3 - Establish a consistent, functioning, viable and strategic night patrol in all communities across the Shire. A regional night patrol program was funded by the Australian Government and delivered by Council. The majority of the Night Patrol staff have now received their Certificate II in Community Services, Suicide Prevention training and Authorised Persons training. A new vehicle was delivered to Gunbalanya and council has received funding for office extensions in Warruwi and Minjilang. Updated culturally appropriate reporting procedures have been implemented and an incident management database has been created in the community. All Night Patrollers received new uniforms specifically designed for community safety. Strategy 1.8.4 - Work with the Department of Health and Community Services to develop postnatal training and infant health benefits for new mothers. Council worked with relevant government health services at Gunbalanya to plan for a family centre which will provide postnatal and family health services to be developed. Strategy 1.8.5 - Develop partnerships with the Departments of Health, Education and Territory Housing to ensure Living Skills programs are developed and implemented across the community organisational spectrum. Not completed, but Council views this as important to the health of our communities and will continue to focus on this strategy in the future. Report on Strategies and Outcomes Page 30
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