Annual report 2009 - 2010
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Department Health and Families58 Performance Highlights by Region 2009-10 Across the Territory In 2009-10 the Department of Health and Families Corporate Plan 2009-2012 was launched and promoted by Executive members at Staff Forums held in Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Nhulunbuy. Workshops were held to develop Regional Plans for Central Australia, Katherine and East Arnhem that align with the Corporate Plan 2009-2012. Department of Health and Families Disaster Management has functional responsibilities for medical, public health and welfare and plans were updated to align with the NT All Hazards Approach to disaster management. The Pandemic H1N1 2009 Influenza coordination across the regions included information and management of potential patients, advice to the broader counter disaster groups and update of changing procedures to align with the national directions as per the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI). Departmental staff participated in disaster management workshops across the Territory to assist the Shires to plan and implement their responsibility in recovery management. East Arnhem Region The Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drugs Residential Rehabilitation Centre reopened in 2009 under Departmental management with a 20 bed capacity. Services include ambulatory, residential programs with a broad client base including alcohol, Volatile Substance Abuse, dual diagnosis, mandated and voluntary clients. Alcohol and Other Drugs staff coordinated the development of Volatile Substance Abuse Management Plans with remote communities. Draft plans for Yirrkala and Ramingining are to be signed off in 2010-11. The Smoke Free policy implementation continues with smoking cessation projects in Gapuwiyak, Milingimbi, Ramingining and Yirrkala including collaborative work with James Cook University at Galiwinku. Gove District Hospital has implemented the Modified Early Warning Systems and the Paediatric Early Warning System which detects early patient deterioration for quick response and care planning. The system has extended to Royal Darwin Hospital and is planned for extension across the region to Remote Health Centres. The Centre for Disease Control and Gove District Hospital has recruited to a shared Medical Officer position to provide public health services. In August 2009 a Memorandum of Understanding to provide for the care of Machado Joseph Disease affected people into the future and research for prevention and best practice treatments was signed on Groote Eylandt. The signatories were Machado Joseph Disease Foundation (MJDF), Department of Health and Families, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) and East Arnhem Shire. The Department, through the Aged and Disability Program has recruited an MJD Coordinator and an Implementation Plan has been drafted. The Core of Life program is being implemented by formally trained Departmental staff across East Arnhem. It provides education through role play and interaction to demystify misconceptions about pregnancy, contraception, breastfeeding and parenting and is targeted towards high school students. The Expanding Health Services Delivery Initiative has increased staffing levels in East Arnhem to enhance remote health and includes Aboriginal Community Workers, Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinators, Public Health Coordinators, Health Promotion Officers and Remote Health Nurses.