Black Swan Health expand Closing the Gap program to Fremantle


Josephine Walley, Hayati Jaffrey, Maisie Stokes, Darleen Riley and Dianne May.
Josephine Walley, Hayati Jaffrey, Maisie Stokes, Darleen Riley and Dianne May.

THE need for more culturally sensitive services has led Black Swan Health to expand their Closing the Gap program to Fremantle.

The program, which they launched in the north metro area in 2010 before expanding earlier this year, focuses on improving indigenous health through mainstream healthcare as well as educating doctors and health care providers on how to deliver more culturally sensitive services in the area.

The Black Swan Health program gives financial help for medical aids such as sleep apnoea machines and blood glucose monitoring equipment, and is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people diagnosed with circulatory, endocrine, metabolic and nutritional issues, as well as cancer and respiratory diseases.

Black Swan Health executive director Terina Grace said their goal was to help indigenous people keep their health on track.

“We link them in with local GPs and provide support to implement their GP Care Plans to manage chronic diseases,” she said.

“The program also provides financial assistance to access specialist or allied health services, and some medical aids such as footwear prescribed and fitted by a podiatrist.

“Cultural barriers can limit usage of health services by Aboriginal people but this program helps to increase the capacity of Aboriginal people to access health services that provide culturally appropriate care.

“Being able to access ongoing preventative health care is a key component in closing the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

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