Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

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ContentsIntroduction................................................................................................................................3Brief History...............................................................................................................................3Vision and objectives.................................................................................................................4Membership................................................................................................................................5What the health service..............................................................................................................5Contacts and location.................................................................................................................6Issues and challenges.................................................................................................................8Personal reflection......................................................................................................................9Conclusion..................................................................................................................................9References................................................................................................................................10
Miwatj Health Aboriginal CorporationIntroductionThe aboriginal communities have experienced the worst discrimination, especiallywhen it comes to health care services[ CITATION Miw17 \l 1033 ].As an indigenouspopulation, their health profile was low before the Miwatj health corporation was initiated. Inthe entire Miwatj region, the aboriginal people had poor health status[CITATION MHA17 \l1033 ]. The lowbirthweight formed an identity of this group and their children werevulnerable to infectious disease, skin diseases, pneumonia, anemia, lack of dental care, andrheumatic heart disease[ CITATION Miw16 \l 1033 ].With a population of about 2500people, the Miwatj also suffered from the lifestyle disease yet the community worked hard toachieve better outcomes[ CITATION Miw13 \l 1033 ]. The solution to this situation shouldfocus on patient self-management and prevention.Miwatj Health has introduced variousservices that combine clinical services thus making it necessary to provide acute care servicesand long-term care planning. The organization also offers community-based programs toaddress the maternal and poor child health and chronic illness. Given the impact that MiwatjHealth has created in the region, it becomes essential to form the basis of the study.Brief HistoryThe representatives of the aboriginal started Miwatj Health in 1992 following theirconcerted efforts[ CITATION Miw15 \l 1033 ]. It remains an independent community-controlled health service aimed at improving thewell-being and health of the East ArnhemLand community[ CITATION Miw17 \l 1033 ].The Regional Manager of ATSIC sent amemo to the representatives in the region on November 4, 1991[ CITATION Miw15 \l1033 ]. This was a creation of the aboriginal people across the East Arnhem Land. Thegovernment offered the first fund to the corporation thus enabling it to acquire staff andequipment. The National Aboriginal Health Strategy was used by ATSIC to facilitate the
funding. TheMiwajt board members were privileged to join the ATSIC Board as electedboard members[ CITATION Miw16 \l 1033 ].This reflected the community-based originthus offering a complete representation.The motivation behind this formation was to fill the existing primary healthcareservice gaps. The NT Government had abandoned the primary healthcare service programsthus making life intolerable[ CITATION Wiw15 \l 1033 ].The Miwatj Health hadestablished a constitution that aimed at assisting the aboriginal population to control theirhealthcare resources[ CITATION Edd08 \l 1033 ]. In 1992, the corporation employed thefirst medical officer based on the audit of the health needs of the homeland residents[ CITATION Miw16 \l 1033 ].By 1992, the health facility was operational, as it loadedpatient data[ CITATION Miw17 \l 1033 ].The organization also computerized theinformation of patients. Miwatj Health rarely operated clinics on its own but sourced doctorsfrom Nhulunbuy offices to serve the communities based on the needs[ CITATION Miw15 \l1033 ]. By 1996,Miwatj Health established its first clinic in Gunyanara[ CITATION Miw16\l 1033 ].Since in the remote communities, there were no houses, it became difficult to employdoctors[CITATION MHA17 \l 1033 ]In the mid-1990s, the first doctors’ houses wereconstructed[ CITATION Miw17 \l 1033 ].This followed the continued efforts and advocacyby Miwajt thus compelling the Commonwealth Government to support theinitiative[ CITATION Miw16 \l 1033 ]. By 1997,Miwatj built its Nhulunbuy clinic becausethe patients in the region experienced complex health problems that required quality-equipped facility[ CITATION Miw15 \l 1033 ]. By 2000, it established a registered trainingorganization where many aboriginal health workers received training services[ CITATIONMiw15 \l 1033 ].This is because; the local health officers were exposed to the community’sproblems. Currently, the first graduates from the training facility continue to hold a critical
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