TACKLING THE HEALTH GAP
Good health directly improves education and employment outcomes. Sadly, the gap is widening with five of the seven closing the gap targets tracking poorly.
Cape York Indigenous people know too well that new approaches are needed for improved health and wellbeing for our students and families.
That’s is why the new Ngak Min Health clinic provides an innovative family-centred model with comprehensive medical, health, mental health, allied health, and wellbeing services.
Ngak Min is situated near the discreet Indigenous community of Yarrabah on the traditional land of the Kunggandji Gurranbuna people of the Kamoi, also home to leading Indigenous P-12 specialist boarding school, Djarragun College (306 students including 70 boarders).
With only 43% of Indigenous people accessing specialist services our model is designed to promote health seeking behaviour. Our culturally safe, trauma informed case-management framework integrates into all social contexts including our schools, homes and workplaces.
The Ngak Min model is informed by the Team Around the Family approach. Through staff and parenting training and curriculum integration, we are building the capability of staff, caregivers, young people and children to promote healthy development and reduce the burden of disease.
It’s important to remember the deep impact of constant exposure to trauma on mental health which accounts for the 19% of the Indigenous disease burden. This is what sets the Ngak Min Health model apart – its family-centred ecological approach to these intergenerational challenges.
Our Ngak Min model also considers the complex nexus between economic disadvantage, child adversity, health and violence.
The Ngak Min Family Wellbeing Program provides:
- Trauma informed and evidence informed parenting interventions for families in crisis
- Financial literacy and counselling to reduce financial stress and facilitate access to support services
- Health and mental health services to support wellbeing, education and employment and
- Early intervention, where Allied health teams provide classroom-based programs to build teacher capacity and address developmental and behavioural concerns.
Indigenous Health Specialist
Ngak Min health supports Indigenous children and staff across the Cape York Partnership collective of schools, and workplaces.
We are also a one-stop health centre for Indigenous families in the local community. We eliminate the multiple and complex referral pathways which are known to hinder access by Indigenous people.