Shower Block Song
The University of Melbourne have just advised us that Nganampa Health Council’s "Shower Block Song" has gone out in 1,000 Trachoma Story Kits across Australia in the last 3 years with another 500 being prepared now. They also advise "It’s universal and still a favourite - and was being talked at an Aboriginal Researcher Writer's Forum here at Melbourne University just last week (!)".
The Shower Block Song is on the first UPK Album. It was the number one song in Central Australia in 1989, and was featured on Countdown and Rage. We believe it is still the most ever requested song at CAAMA Radio. You can find out more about the UPK albums at http://nganampahealth.com.au/online-shop.html and http://upk5.com/site/.
To see the Shower Block video and here the song, go to http://www.indigitube.com.au/index.php?option=com_ictv&task=view&ictvId=536.
Housing for Health The Guide
Have at look at the new Housing for Health website at http://www.housingforhealth.com/about/the-health-story/. This guide has been funded and developed by Healthabitat. Healthabitat started with Nganampa Health Council's 1987 UPK report. Although it is now a separate organisation, we continue to have strong links. We are very proud that our 1987 UPK Report continues to do a lot of good throughout the world.
Ear Health Project
We are excited about the commencement of a new ear health project funded by the SA Department of Health and Ageing. The project will include visits by an ENT specialist, and a registered nurse who will specifically concentrate on ear health. The project might see children referred to Adelaide for treatment.
Chronic Disease Management Award
Congratulations to our Chronic Disease Nurse Tess for winning the
"Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Chronic Diseases Award"
from the Chronic Diseases Network.
This is a well-deserved award.
It also highlights the work that Nganampa Health is undertaking to improve chronic disease management and prevention.
On the 26th June we farewelled one of our leaders, Kunmanara Thompson. He was one of the important drivers of land rights, was instrumental in the development of the UPK Report and was a current Nganampa Health Council Board Member. He will be sorely missed.
Hear about the work of Healthabitat at this link. Healthabitat started with Nganampa Health Council's 1987 UPK report. Although it is now a separate organisation, we continue to have strong links. We are very proud that our 1987 UPK Report ...continues to do a lot of good throughout the world.
Healthy Lifestyles and Smoking Wiya Program
Nganampa Health Council is pleased to announce that using funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, we are commencing a Healthy Lifestyles and Smoking Wiya program.The program will employ Anangu to promote healthy lifestyles to our population. This program will add to the work we are currently doing in the areas of chronic disease management and prevention.
2012 Annual Report
Nganampa Health Council's 2012 annual report is now available from this website. Both the full annual report, plus reports that discuss the individual programs in more detail are available.
The Annual Report highlights a number of significant achievements in the past year including:
- Improved Medical Officer coverage.
- 100% childhood immunisation rates.
- An improved chronic disease management program leading to increased adult health checks.
- The launch of some important new e-health initiatives.
- Continuing high levels of participation in our sexual health screen and continued low levels of infection.
- A high proportion of antenates presenting for initial assessment in the first trimester.
- A continued strong financial position.
Nganampa Health Council STI Screen
Nganampa Health Council's STI screen is currently taking place. This is a key element of what has been well recognised as a very successful program. This program has been recognised by the Productivity Commission's Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report, the Interim Report of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission Report, and the Australian Medical Journal.
Nganampa Health Council Achievements Highlighted
Some of Nganampa Health Council's achievements have been highlighted in a Crikey Blog following a presentation by Stewart Roper at a recent conference. Stewart also launched a book of photography at the conference. Congratulations Stewart.
Tjilpi Pampa Ngura Aged Care Facility
We would like to acknowledge and thank the people of the town of Bute, particularly those involved with the Uniting Church, for making gifts for the residents of our Tjilpi Pampa Ngura Aged Care Facility.
Almost all the residents of the tiny town (population 565) were involved in making and donating beanies, bed socks, nighties, scarves, boxes of toiletries, jewellery and other lovely gifts. They were very much appreciated by the residents and certainly put a smile on many faces.
Nganampa Health Council think the people of Bute are just beaut!
Nganampa Health Council is please to announce that we have successfully met the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner's Standards and we will remain an accredited health service for the next three years.
Thanks to all the staff who put so much effort into this process.
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