The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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The Administrators Medals in Primary Health Care recognise and reward the outstanding service provided by the Northern Territorys primary health care professionals, teams and prac ces. The 2021 Administrators Medals in Primary Health Care were presented by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki OHalloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory at Government House on Wednesday 1 September 2021. Congratula ons to all of the winners and nominees. We thank you for your commitment and dedica on to quality primary health care in the Northern Territory. Patricia is an Aboriginal Health Prac oner at the Numbulwar Primary Health Centre. Patricia has played a cri cal role in suppor ng her community, par cularly in two key areas COVID-19 preparedness and preventable chronic condi ons management. Patricias role is innova ve in that its the fi rst me an Aboriginal Health Prac oner has taken on the chronic disease por olio. Patricia has been instrumental in redesigning the role to fi t the communitys needs and desires including developing educa onal resources in language, engaging family and community groups for health and establishing a home visi ng program for disengaged clients with chronic condi ons. The panel recognised Patricia for her outstanding commitment to improving health in her local community and for the pa ent-centred care strategies she has developed for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients. She has been a great advocate for her pa ents and demonstrated a holis c and integrated approach which incorporates both western medicine and tradi onal health prac ces. Danila Dilba, as the only Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisa on in Darwin, provides a broad range of services and has been instrumental in the Territorys COVID-19 response. As the main non-government vaccine provider in the Darwin area, their work has included se ng up as a COVID-19 test centre and delivering vaccina ons. As of late July, the vaccina on service had delivered approximately 3960 vaccines, represen ng almost 4% of the Territorys vaccina ons at that point in me. Danila Dilbas vaccine service is provided in a culturally safe environment by their Aboriginal staff who are both culturally and linguis cally diverse. The team also engaged with local homeless and vulnerable people to ensure a whole of community response and so that this group of our popula on were not an a erthought, but a focus of the vaccina on strategy and made to feel comfortable. The panel recognised Danila Dilbas vaccina on service for their commitment to a whole of community response, their high levels of collabora on and their ongoing work to not only vaccinate but to communicate with their clients, provide a safe and welcoming environment and for their contribu on to the Territorys COVID-19 response. Danila Dilba supports over 9000 clients. They work not only with other health providers but recognising the social determinants of health, also work with the Don Dale Deten on Centre and NT Legal Aid, to provide free legal support to their clients. The organisa on is focused on providing a culturally safe workplace and has a majority of Indigenous staff . Each year, they self-fund fi ve Aboriginal Health Prac oner trainees a signifi cant contribu on to building a sustainable workforce. The panel recognised Danila Dilba for the breadth of their local services, their focus on cultural safety and their fl exible and welcoming service to their clients (which includes mobile clinics and varied communica on strategies to encourage good health and wellbeing). They are also recognised for their contribu on to the COVID-19 response in the Territory working as a respiratory clinic and suppor ng the vaccine rollout. Photo (L-R): Carol Stanislaus, (Danila Dilba Health Service), Mr Craig OHalloran, Rob McPhee (Danila Dilba Health Service), Her Honour the Honourable Vicki OHalloran AO, Patricia Nundhirribala (Numbulwar Primary Health Centre), Anna Skidmore, Emma Brown (The Vaccina on Service Team, Danila Dilba Health Service). ADVERTORIAL These awards are supported by: Administrators Medals in Primary Health Care 2021 Recognising excellence in primary health care Patricia Nundhirribala Numbulwar Primary Health Centre Danila Dilba Vaccina on Service Danila Dilba Health Service