The Western Desert Kidney Health Project is a major arts in health education program delivered to 10 Western Desert communities by The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School of WA, Bega Garbarringu Medical Health Service, the Goldfields Esperance General Practice Network and Wongutha Birni Aboriginal Corporation. The project was officially launched on the 7th of October 2010 in Kalgoorlie.
The aim of the project is to reduce kidney disease by 20 per cent by developing a culturally appropriate delivery of health messages, collaborating with, and skilling up Indigenous arts health workers.
The Department of Culture and the Arts contributed funding to the three year project, which is managed by the Rural Clinical School of WA. The project is being delivered by a multidisciplinary team of Aboriginal health workers, community development, medical and arts practitioners.
The team travel in two purpose built 7 tonne 4WD vehicles including a mobile health clinic and arts vehicle.
The scope and complexity of the project requires many stakeholders, including the ten communities, project delivery partners, funding bodies and sponsors and a range of Government and non-government organisations.
Major funding partners include Lotterywest; BHP Billiton Nickel West; The Australia Council for the Arts through Community Partnerships; the Australian Government’s Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health; the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing; Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission through Royalties for Regions funding; the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia; Healthway – Go for 2 & 5 program; and the John T Reid Charitable Trust.
The project was featured at the 11th National Rural Health Conference in Perth 13 - 16 March 2011.
To find out more details please visit the Western Desert Kidney Health Project website.