Helping to turn the tide
THE Northern NSW Local Health Network has recognised the importance of Closing the Gap and improving the health of Aboriginal people living in the Tweed region.
The network holds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Training Programs throughout the year conducted by Aboriginal Health Promotion staff.
The program aims to improve the interaction, journey and experiences for Aboriginal people when accessing health services.
Success story Lynette Larcombe is a proud young Bundjalung woman and was successful in gaining a Health Promotion traineeship in April last year with the Bugalwena Aboriginal Community Health Service at Tweed Heads.
“I finished Year 12 in 2008 and was looking for a career in youth work or Department of Community Services. I went for an interview for the traineeship not really knowing what the traineeship entailed,” she said.
“I’ve been at Bugalwena nearly 12 months now and I couldn’t be happier.
“I don’t consider myself a role model but rather an example of what you can be if you have a goal in life and try as hard as you can to achieve it.”
Over the past 12 months Ms Larcombe has been supervised by Aboriginal Health Promotion officer Ronella Phillips and has been fully involved in the Bugalwena Quit Smoking Program as well as co-facilitating the program with Ms Phillips.