AFWA Staff in the Kimberley
AFWA staff members Kay White and Kara Pappgallo visited the WA Kimberley region in mid-May to provide asthma education to some of the most remote areas of WA.
Kara, who is the coordinator of the Asthma Foundation WA's Indigenous Women's Project (http://www.asthmawa.org.au/About-Asthma/Asthma-and-Smoking/Smoking-and-Pregancy-Programs/) presented important information about smoking and pregnancy to the women of the region.
Over the couse of a week, four Brief Intervention Training sessions were delivered to 23 Health Professionals, three community education sessions were delivered to pregnant women and new mums and new relationships were formed with health organisations in both Halls Creek and Kununurra - Jungarni Jutiya, Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, Wunan and Halls Creek Hospital.
As well as the education sessions for the Indigneous Women's Project, Kay delivered asthma education sessions to two child care centres and an aged care centre and delivered two sessions for health professionals at Aboriginal medical service centres.
The trip was a highly successful one, helping to ensur that the Foundation can continue to infultrate the WA community state wide and communicate important asthma information to everyone who needs it. The Asthma Foundation WA hopes to expand its rural reach throughout WA in the coming months and build on the relationships formed with the health centres in the Kimberley region.
For information about asthma education services offered by the Asthma Foundation WA, please contact us on 1800 645 130.
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