Health services’ links set to expand
AN agreement between two Portland health services which has resulted in Indigenous people having access to an Aboriginal health worker or support person when they attend the Urgent Care Centre or outpatient services at Portland District Health is set to be expanded.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Portland District Health and the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly Community Health Service has been operating for the past 12 months.
PDH chief executive officer Chris Giles said the arrangement had been working well.
The previous arrangement related only to hospital admissions, but Ms Giles said the existing MoU was being well used with an on-call Aboriginal health worker from DWECHS being called in regularly to provide support, help and advocacy for patients.
“John Bell (DWECHS chief executive officer) and I have been talking about expanding the arrangement to include staff exchange,” Ms Giles said.
“That may involve, for example, some of our clinical staff spending time at DWECHS to learn about how Indigenous health works and the culture, while DWECHS staff would be able to spend time at PDH, learning about the Urgent Care Centre or (for example) with the ophthalmologist at the specialist centre.”