We’re back in Gomeroi country this week, one of the first communities Desert Pea ever worked in 16 years ago. We’re really excited to reconnect with the mob here, our old friends and family. This mob have a rich and deep history and a strength and resilience that is something to be very very proud of.
Hunter New England Local Health District is collaborating with the Toomelah and Boggabilla community to reduce the recurrence of bacterial skin infections in Aboriginal children. Reports from health workers, school staff and community members suggest that bacterial skin infections are a significant health issue for Aboriginal children and their families, affecting quality of life and contributing to poor school attendance. The aim of this project is to identify culturally appropriate and engaging behaviour change strategies to create long term solutions to bacterial skin infection management in the community including highlighting the loss of knowledge around, and benefits of, bush remedies.
Our project process creates conversation around social change by encouraging people to have a yarn - young people, Elders, service providers and anyone who wants to see or be part of a positive change.
The first step is the 'real' - the history, realities and context of the community.
Next is the 'ideal' - what would the perfect community look like in a perfect world?
Then finally the 'bridge' - how do we get from our real to ideal, from where we ARE to where we WANT to be.'
Huge thanks to Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW Health for making this project possible.