Support. Living with a chronic illness and balancing a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge, luckily a local care coordinator program can guide the way.
Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s Di Baldock and Sonya Searle recently attended the Australian Disease Management Association and Chronic Diseases Network conferences in Darwin, Northern Territory.
The conference, which focused on Aboriginal health and wellbeing from birth to elderly years and the practise of chronic disease management, has provided CHAC with an opportunity to broaden its services.
“Seeing what chronic disease management has done for members of the Aboriginal community across Australia and the outcomes of that is really interesting,” says Di, chief executive officer at CHAC, “and I believe there is more awareness required for the management of chronic illnesses.”
CHAC has recently introduced the Integrated Team Care Program, a care coordination program aimed at benefiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic conditions, to its services.
The program can assist community members with transport to medical appointments and treatments, and provide further information on support services available.
As part of the program, CHAC registered nurse and care coordinator Krista Mills and support worker Cheryl Marshall last month hosted a cooking demonstration.
Focusing on heart health and the benefits of healthy eating, the workshop introduced the importance of integrating fruit and vegetables, fibre and healthy fats into the diet, before participants used this knowledge to whip up some tasty treats.
On the menu were chocolate hazelnut balls, golden quinoa and apple porridge, pear and roasted beetroot salad, cauliflower and broccoli rice, and butter chicken.
“This is all hands-on learning,” says Krista.
“Learning how you can take control of your diet and general health for better health outcomes.”
As part of the Integrated Team Care Program, CHAC will look to host a dementia and Alzheimer’s disease awareness session later this month. For more information contact Krista Mills or Cheryl Marshall on 6452 1287.