Allied Health for Aboriginal Children in Remote Communities



L to R: Tan Martin, Kylie Gwynne, Vanessa Lee, Kim Bulkeley, Michelle Lincoln, Christine Corby, OAM.

The POCHE Centre for Indigenous Health has funded a research project investigating the delivery of allied health services to Aboriginal children and their families in four remote communities in North Western NSW. “We know that conventional, urban models of care do not work for Aboriginal children and families in rural and remote areas. I am optimistic that this project will discover ways of providing allied health services which are culturally competent and deliver better outcomes for kids and families.” Kylie Gwynne, Director of the POCHE centre for Indigenous Health.

The project, led by Chief Investigator Professor Michelle Lincoln will run over three years in partnership with community members and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations(ACCHOs) with approval from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) ethics committee. Interviews have been conducted with over 25 local service providers interested in therapy for children and their families by Kim Bulkeley, POCHE Fellow and project manager and Tan Martin, POCHE scholar, as a first round of community consultation. Vanessa Lee, University of Sydney academic is also part of the team, bringing research and cultural expertise to the project.

Some members of the project team, (pictured above) met in Dubbo in November to collaboratively analyse interview transcripts. Christine Corby (OAM), CEO of Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service commented “This project involves Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke ACCHO’s in all parts of the research process to understand local perspectives and develop local solutions. Children and families will get better access to therapy services and have their voices heard.”

For further information about this project contact Kim Bulkeley


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