Aboriginal Men's Health Check Day
Last month EACH staff helped to put on a Men’s Health Check Day at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP).
A total of 12 men participated in the day, seen by EACH staff including a GP, podiatrist, physiotherapist, dietician, tobacco cessation worker and nurses. A representative from the Australian College of Optometry was also present and 7 men had their eyes checked and will be eligible for free or cheap glasses.
The success of the day is a reflection of the recent employment of an Eastern Melbourne Region (EMR) Aboriginal Men’s worker currently based at MMIGP. EACH and MMIGP have an established relationship, which was strengthened through the development of the Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care program (AHPACC), which has given the whole region a commitment to long-term collaborative relationships and shared responsibility for improving the health and well being of the EMR Indigenous community. The program has enabled health screening and health promotion activities at MMIGP, and facilitated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community access to the health and support services provided by EACH.
Les Chessells, MMIGP’s manager thanked “Mullum’s friends from EACH” and the AHPACC worker who coordinated the services on the day, and stated that the AHPACC partnership “enables us to have a practical and meaningful relationship to improve health outcomes for Indigenous people in the EMR“.
There will be another Community Health Check Day on Monday 27th June 2016. For more information please contact MMIGP on 97252166 or EACH’s Aboriginal Health Team at AboriginalHealthTeam@each.com.au or (03) 98373999.