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Aboriginal poster

This art was produced Deadly Yorgas and designed by Tracy Taylor – Indigenous Health Officer with the service.

Ana Kadjaniny Indigenous Health Program

ANA KADJININY - Confirming, Acknowledging, Understanding

Ongoing alcohol and other drug related problems within the Noongar community of the South West prompted a group of Noongars to join the team at the St John of God Health Care South West Community Drug Service Team in 2000. The program was called Ana Kadjaniny.

This program is funded by St John of God Hospital Bunbury's Social Advocacy and Outreach Program that works collaboratively with services and organisations, indigenous and non- indigenous to address health issues including alcohol and other drugs within the South West Community. A team of dedicated Noongar Health Officers operate from the SW Community Drug Service Team offices and are available to provide cultural training and education, support for individuals and family members and provide liaison within the St John of God Hospital system if required.

The Ana Kadjaniny Health Officers work with St John of God Hospital Bunbury to build bridges so that indigenous people will feel comfortable in accessing:

  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Renal Unit

Their presence and input will also increase cultural awareness in the hospital setting.

Ana Kadjaniny undertakes to highlight areas of need within the indigenous community and to fill those gaps with appropriate programs and activities. Some of these programs and activities include:

  • Deadly Yorgas Good Noongar Woman (Women’s Program) involves drug education, development of lifeskills and yarning.
  • Moorditj Marmun Good Noongar Man (Men’s Program) focuses on health awareness and building life skills.
  • Peer Education Enough is Enough (Youth Program) increases awareness, knowledge and skills and develops peer support and strengthens motivation for a healthy alternative lifestyle.
  • Peer Education (Elders Program) provides meetings to discuss community concerns.