Wulgunggo Ngalu Health Day

On Wednesday 17th October staff from Yarram District Health Service (YDHS) together with a number of Volunteers and Partners undertook the 2nd Men’s Health Check Day at Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place (WNLP).

The program is part of an ongoing process and forms part of YDHS’ commitment to Closing the Gap. The initiative was introduced by staff at Yarram Medical Centre (YMC) and is seen as a positive step towards providing good access to healthcare when residents at WNLP are away from their home environments. In a proactive move YMC staff have undertaken cultural awareness training as a further means and commitment to ensuring Closing the Gap becomes an integral part of Clinic operations.

Participants are assessed for a range of health indicators with necessary follow up appointments and/or suggested changes in modifiable behaviour. Health service providers in attendance included GEGAC Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling, Hear Care, Federation Training, LCHS Gamblers Help, Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Heath Association and Headspace along with medical and nursing staff from YDHS. YDHS is grateful for the commitment these organisations have made and the continued support they provide to participants.

Staff from WNLP are about to celebrate its 10th anniversary and in that time over 500 Aboriginal men have used the award winning approach to rehabilitation to connect with their culture. YMC staff and volunteers on the day were extremely grateful to receive an invitation to attend Celebrations later in the year. YDHS and WNLP will continue to build on their relationship and the continuation of this Program.