Aboriginal organisations call for action: Health risk from Walgett drinking water

Medical professionals from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have issued a warning that Walgett’s water supply contains 15 times more sodium than is advised for long-term consumption by people with severe hypertension, renal, or cardiac problems.

This is having a serious impact on household expenses and food security, according to a survey of the Walgett Aboriginal community conducted by UNSW and The George Institute in collaboration with the Dharriwaa Elders Group and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service. Some people pay up to $50 per week for bottled water to avoid using tap water, which has an impact on their ability to pay for other essentials.

Close the Gap Day 2014 will focus on improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has long been a focus of the George Institute for Global Health.

Our mission, which describes a focus on vulnerable populations in rich and poor nations and is a major reason why many staff members work here, encapsulates our commitment. The George Institute has prioritized the health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community when addressing this as part of our global work.

In Australia, the hole in future for Native individuals remains totally unsuitable, and is our most pressing medical problem. We reaffirm our commitment to rectifying this anomaly by commemorating Close the Gap Day today.

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We have accomplished a ton in the space 22 undertakings explicitly in Native and Torres Waterway Islander research, yet a lot more that are straightforwardly or in a roundabout way pertinent. Some important examples:

  • The Kanyini Vascular Collaboration, which is already having an impact on the communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.
  • Our collaboration on the study of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which is influencing government policy decisions at the highest levels.
  • Driving Change, an extraordinary program pointed toward assisting Native and Torres Waterway Islander with peopling gain driver licenses, is growing new standards that widen how we might interpret drivers of wellbeing and sickness.
  • Throughout the past little while we have fostered a particular technique that has brought about our very first Minister for Native and Torres Waterway Islander Wellbeing, prompted the work of a Correspondences and Commitment Official, and the improvement of a Social Mindfulness Bundle for all staff, sent off this week at an occasion to check Close the Hole week.

All over the organization, but especially in Aboriginal Health, capacity building is a top priority. We want to assist in mentoring leading Aboriginal researchers who can improve the health of their communities as well as the general population of Australia and the world.

We have utilized various parttime and arising specialists around the nation, straightforwardly upheld three PhD understudies through grants and positions with our most memorable PhD understudy due to present his proposition one week from now – , collaborated with Native Clinical benefits and driving wellbeing associations and worked with north of twelve Native and Torres Waterway Islander people group.

You can do this either directly by collaborating with Aboriginal communities and researchers to address issues that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives, or you can do it indirectly by supporting our staff members who are working on such projects, especially those who come from an Aboriginal background.

The Institute places a high priority on improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We can make a difference when we work together.

Motivated by a desire to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Propelled by the opportunity to convey better wellbeing results for Native populaces, Sharon Ponniah joined The George Organization in 2012 as Program Director for the Kanyini Vascular Coordinated effort.

Sharon declares, “Kanyini really offers a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes through integrated, holistic research focusing on Aboriginal health and wellbeing.”

Sharon Ponniah joined The George Institute in 2012 as Program Manager for the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration because she was inspired by the chance to improve Indigenous populations’ health outcomes.

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The goal of Kanyini is to identify and remove obstacles to providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the best possible care for chronic diseases. As Program Supervisor for the Cooperation, Sharon oversees three new tasks that as of late gotten subsidizing from the Australian Essential Medical services Exploration Organization.

The new undertakings incorporate fostering a Native constant consideration model, evaluating the practicality of conveying comprehensive consideration for ongoing sickness in the home setting and a pressure, discouragement and persistent illness study.

Sharon’s expertise and enthusiasm for reducing health disparities are perfectly matched by the Kanyini work program. She has a PhD in General Wellbeing where she researched youth endlessly smoking suspension in New Zealand with a specific spotlight on Maori.

Sharon has spent the last few years focusing on national and Indigenous (Mori) health in New Zealand, managing national surveys in health, tobacco control, and sexual health.

Sharon has extensive experience managing national Public Health Programs. She managed a number of national health programs at the Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand (PHARMAC) in recent years, including a randomized control trial to deliver an asthma education intervention in early childhood education centers and the “Space to Breathe” childhood asthma program, which provides a suite of education and best practice support to caregivers of children with asthma, including health professionals. She also developed an access scheme for nicotine replacement therapy in prisons. Sharon was a medical education consultant for several leading pharmaceutical companies at Saatchi and Saatchi Healthcare (Publicis Life Brands) prior to joining The George.

Working in public health is extremely satisfying. I am thrilled to have the chance to turn solid research into sustainable, based on evidence health programs that help the most vulnerable communities and populations.

Joining The George in May 2012, Sharon says she was allured by the arrangement of general wellbeing methods of reasoning and the capacity to chip away at creative ventures that utilization proof to direct upgrades in wellbeing programs, drives, administration conveyance and strategy.

She hopes that the Kanyini program will help build Indigenous research capacity in the field and expand the collaboration to other parts of Australia.

Consultation on kidney disease and Aboriginal health

Through collaboration with Aboriginal health services, this consulting group aids in the development of kidney disease policies and practices.

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We carry insight and ability to help these wellbeing administrations so they can work on the wellbeing and lives of patients enduring with kidney illness.

The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, Kidney Health Australia, Queensland Health, the Western Australian Department of Health, and Western Australian Rural Health are just a few of the organizations that have previously held consultations.

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