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  • 1 August 2018

    Hi WA State readers,

    The National Cervical Screening Program requires the recording of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Status on Pathology Request forms. The National Cancer Screening Register Rules 2017 requires the following information to be collected about all individuals who undergo Cervical Screening Tests, where this information is reported and can be accurately recorded if available on the pathology request form:

    *Indigenous status

    *Country of origin

    *Preferred language.

    This information enables the National Cervical Screening Program (NSCP) to:

    *Accurately measure and understand the screening participation rates and behaviours in these       cohorts.

    *Inform targeted strategies to increase the screening participation of individuals in these cohorts in   order to reduce their rate of cervical cancer.

    *Identify and record the cultural background of all patients which can assist healthcare providers in   providing culturally appropriate care.

    *Record a patient’s preferred language and whether an interpreter is required.

    *Support access to Indigenous-specific health interventions which are designed to overcome the   health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as per the Close the Gap initiative   and Close the Gap initiative refresh.

    For all individuals, healthcare providers are encouraged to provide Indigenous status, country of origin, and preferred language where this can be included on pathology request forms.

  • 25 June 2018

    Hi WA State readers,
    Could you please circulate to your networks, including the Family Matters mailing list, it’s important that the community provide as much feedback as possible. In case you haven’t seen it already, the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, is calling on the community to provide feedback on a proposal for a new statutory office to:

    • strengthen government’s accountability to Aboriginal Western Australians, and 

    • advocate for Aboriginal people’s interests in government policy and performance.

    Read the Minister’s media statement: New move to strengthen government accountability in Aboriginal affairs

    The Government believes that its efforts to strengthen accountability will be most effective if they are designed with input from the people they are intended to serve – Aboriginal people, communities and organisations. The views of the wider community are also valued and welcomed, including community services and advocacy organisations, industry bodies, and government agencies at Commonwealth, State and local levels. The discussion paper below explains the Government’s reasons for the proposal, describes some basic features the proposed office would have, and seeks public input on the general idea as well as specific elements of the proposal.

    Feedback received in response to the discussion paper will inform a model for the new office that will be considered by the Government. It is anticipated that new funding and supporting legislation will be required, therefore the proposal will be contingent on budgetary and Parliamentary processes.

    We want to hear from you about what do you think of the Government's proposal?

    Do you have comments or suggestions?
    What should the name of the organisation be?
    Some previous suggestions include "Commissioner for accountability in Aboriginal affairs", "First Nations Voice", or "Advocate for Aboriginal people". You may have a completely different idea. Is there an Aboriginal language word that would work for all Aboriginal people in WA?
    How should Aboriginal people be involved in choosing the right person?
    There are many Aboriginal organisations in WA. Which should have a role in the appointment process? What that role should be?

    To tell us what you think or ask questions, please contact the Aboriginal Policy Unit on:
    Ph: (08) 6552 5444
    Email: AboriginalPolicy@dpc.wa.gov.au
    Please contact us before 7 September 2018 to make sure your views are taken into account.
    As this is an open process, we will publish all written feedback online unless you ask us not to, and Freedom of Information laws will apply.
    More information at:https://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/ProjectsandSpecialEvents/Accountability/Pages/Default.aspx

  • 30 June 2015


    I am the Aboriginal Senior Health Promotion Officer in King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women which is located in Subiaco, Western Australia.


    I have been in this position since 2012 and would like to know if there are any other Aboriginal health promotion officers across the country that are also based in a hospital.


    would be great to connect with you.






  • 13 August 2014

    Hi WAIHPN mob members,

    The Commissioner for Children and Young People is holding a consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people from across WA.

    The aim of the consultation is to give WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people a voice on what is important to them and their hopes for the future, and to publish a report based on their views.

    Expressions of Interest are open for community agencies to run consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people throughout WA. 

    Grants of up to $6,000 will be provided to successful organisations to support the consultations with children and young people.

    The Expression of Interest form is available on the Commissioner’s website and must be submitted by Friday 29 August 2014. 

    For further information visit the Commissioner’s website or contact Jackie Craigie jackie.craigie@ccyp.wa.gov.au or phone (08) 6213 2218.

  • 16 May 2014

    Take part in a focus group for care coordination issues for people with disabilities in Perth, WA. There are three venues: Passmore Room, The Niche, Nedlands, Brightwater Oats Street, East Victoria Park and the Health Department, East Perth. The times are to be arrange either for week days during business hours or early evening and it is expected that group discussions will last for a maximum of 1.5 hours. Refreshments provided along with transport/parking assistance if require. To register your interest contact Kate Bullow by email: kate.bullow@health.wa.gov.au or phone: 0424 135 608 by Monday 19 May, 2014. Venues, times and dates will be finalised by 6 June, 2014.

  • 20 March 2014

    Women's Health & Wellbeing Services (WHWS) and the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) still have a handful of places left for tomorrows PD Workshop for Aboriginal women 'Responding to disclosures of sexual abuse/assault; caring for community & yourself'.

    If you know of anyone who may be interested and able to make it as a last minute participant, please pass this on to them. There are some great empowering fun activities planned for the day. Please following link for more information.


  • 8 February 2011
    Dear WAIHPN yarning place members,

    As most of you are probably aware by now, after a major site redevelopment in 2009, a substantial duplication between the WA state and WAIHPN sections of the website resulted.

    To improve the functionality of the WAIHPN, these two sections have now been merged. This now means that materials previously found on the WAIHPN section of the site can now all be sourced from the WA state section
    (http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/states-territories-home/wa). New information and materials relevant to Indigenous health promotion in WA are added to this web resource progressively with this section currently containing: reviews; health service information; health promotion resources, practice resources; programs and projects; published resources such as journal articles, reports, conference presentations, policies and strategies; and information about and links to relevant organisations and agencies. There is also a section dedicated to workforce issues including: upcoming courses and training, conferences, workshops and events; funding sources; and job opportunities as well as information about the WAIHPN yarning place.

    We hope that you find this section of use and welcome any feedback you may have about the change.

    Warm regards,
    Sasha Stumpers
    WAIHPN yarning place coordinator
  • 1 November 2010
    Discuss any aspects of health promotion in Western Australia