Working in the Aboriginal Health sector involves performing important roles in preventative and promotional health programs, as well as facilitating access to health care services for Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal health sector is a great opportunity for those wishing to utilize their medical skills to increase the standard of living and health practices of Aboriginal communities around Australia.
A number of factors influence the health and well being of communities, many of which are environmental. These can include:
• Access to clean water
• Functional sewerage
• Appropriate housing conditions
• Air quality
• Noise pollution
• Occupational health
• Food quality
• Pest control
These environmental health factors are often identified as being poor in Aboriginal communities, and are sometimes well below the standards found in the wider Australian community. Aboriginal people are hospitalised for diseases related to these environmental health factors far more often than non Aboriginal people. This is just one of many Aboriginal health opportunities that are trying to be improved.
Getting Aboriginal nurses and midwives into local hospitals is another avenue that Aboriginal health services wish to improve. Aboriginal people need Aboriginal nurses and midwives in their local communities and health centres in both junior and senior positions, as it provides a positive and important impact of the health of local Aboriginal communities, as well as providing medical job opportunities both regionally and nationally.
Many other programs have been set up to promote health issues amongst Aboriginal communities and to prevent negative health habits and practices. This includes undertaking testing and treatment for communicable diseases, initiating projects that support the delivery of health services as well as improving the quality, and increasing the availability and access to health services for local communities.
Other programs that have been initiated include promoting ear and hearing health, increasing access to child and maternal health care and services, utilizing petrol sniffing prevention programs, promoting social and emotional well being and encouraging healthy family interaction.
All of these Aboriginal health opportunities can lead to some of the most unique and fulfilling health work available in Australia and entering this sector of health care is promoted around the country.
Originally posted 2013-02-06 04:24:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter