2018 – 2021
Elders Emergency Response to Covid
Aboriginal Health Workforce
A Deadly Choice is a healthy choice.
We aim to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily. Deadly Choices also encourages our people to access their local Community Controlled Health Service and complete an annual ‘Health Check’. In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great. As such a Deadly Choice is a good choice, and we encourage community to make such choices each day.
Deadly Choices is a social marketing campaign that is made up of:
- Tobacco cessation programs
- Community events
- Sport and recreation
- Education programs
- Cooking programs
- Leadership camps
- Social media.
Governments have committed to Closing the Gap in Indigenous health, but only our communities can make this happen.
In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great. As such a Deadly Choice is a good choice, and we encourage community to make such choices each day.
Allied Health Clinics
The following clinics will be happening at Karadi in the next few months. Please phone the office on 62723511 to book.
All clinics will run from 9am-1pm, in 20 minute time slots for general appointments.
We have the Visiting Optometrists coming on the following dates:
These are 30 minute appointments
These are 15 minute appointments
Children and Schooling (2018-2021)
This Project is funded under the Children and Schooling Programme, the objectives of which are to:
- Support families to give children a good start in life through improved early childhood development, care, education and school readiness;
- To get children to school and to improve literacy and numeracy; and to
- Support successful youth transitions to further education and work.
To deliver on these objectives, this project works with young Aboriginal people and their families to improve educational engagement across multiple settings including school, and home.
Intergrated Team Care
This program provides chronic disease case care coordination in the south of Tasmania. We currently employ 3 Care Coordinators.
Care coordinators provide intensive one-to-one support for Aboriginal people who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition or disease.
GP referral is required to access this free service. We can organise this for you if you haven't yet been referred.
The care coordination program aims to improve health by working with all primary health care providers involved in care of the patient to ensure patients are accessing services consistent with the care recommended by their GP.
Care coordinators provide culturally sensitive care, advocate on behalf of Aboriginal patients and have a good understanding of the local health system. They also assist patients to attend appointments and coordinate health care, liaise with all providers involved in the care of the patient, provide links to other community services that may be of benefit and help the patient to develop self-management skills.
Care coordinators have access to a flexible pool of funding that can provide financial assistance to ensure important follow-up care is continued or that specialist appointments, diagnostic tests or allied health appointments are accessed where these services are not otherwise available in a clinically acceptable timeframe. These ‘supplementary services’ funds can also be used by care coordinators to acquire some medical aids.
This program is funded by the Commonwealth and includes promotion resources and preventative health activities including tobacco cessation and substance abuse.
Facilitate well persons screenings including Diabtetes, blood pressure, breast screen and Aboriginal Health Checks.
Deliver events and activities that promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle. Provide access and support to the gym. Promote Physical activity and healthy eating.
Culture and Capabilities - Men and WomenThe Indigenous Women’s Program was developed to reduce Indigenous disadvantage through enhancing Indigenous women’s leadership, representation, safety, wellbeing and economic status. The IWP aims to:
- Support more women to undertake leadership, representative and management roles
- Increase Indigenous women's awareness of, access to, and role in local priority setting and Government funding activities
- Address issues identified by Indigenous women as priorities in their communities
- Strengthen women's networks and organisations
- Support Indigenous women's cultural traditions.
Indigenous Men’s Program
Karadi are currently working with Aboriginal men and adolescent boys through direct client support and weekly group sessions. It has long been seen that Karadi only works with Aboriginal women but this is no longer the case. Our services are open to the whole family, incorporating Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal spouses and children. We hope this makes for a more holistic approach to servicing the family and their needs.
The IMP aims to:
- To reduce Indigenous disadvantage through enhancing Indigenous men’s leadership, representation, wellbeing and support.
- Address issues identified by Indigenous men as priorities in their communities
- Strengthen men's networks and organisations
- Support Indigenous men's cultural traditions.
Youth and Family Support
This is a psychosocial coordination program that encompasses all areas of a person’s wellbeing and supports the individual or family to obtain their goals. It will:
- Support you to identify your needs and goals
- Coordinate and support you to connect with services and programs to assist you to continue to move forward
- Stay in contact with you and continue to support you until you feel you no longer require assistance
- Provide a Youth Group for boys and girls ages 6 - 17
- Make sure you don’t get lost in the system programs include - Teen Mental Health Program, Integrative Indigenous Medicines Therapy, Grieving Support group for bereaved parents, peri-natal and infant depression information workshops, healthy eating and exercise program and cultural healing practitioners
Karadi is also part of the Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (NHT) . We are one of 35 Community Houses and Neighbourhood Centres around Tasmania. We are also part of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA), the Australia wide network for one thousand Neighbourhood Centres. Activities under this program include fortnightly morning teas, monthly community lunches, exercise classes, art programs and school holiday programs.
Home Care Packages
To provide Aboriginal Community Aged Care Program packages tailored to service frail aged Aboriginal Elders living in their own homes. All aspects of community aged care for local Aboriginal elders. Health and Cultural programs. Social gatherings.
Commonwealth Home Support Program
CHSP program provides home and community support services for frail elderly people over 55 years of age, younger people with a disability and their carers. These services aim to help people live at home for as long as possible and to avoid needing to go into residential care. HACC services include:
- Referral to mainstream services;
- Domestic Assistance (vacuuming, mopping, etc);
- Transport (shopping, medical appointments, etc); and,
- Day Centre activities like luncheons, craft, outings, etc.
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Community Education Training and Education initiatives for community members which provides information about the causes of trauma and the means to manage the impact at an individual, family and community leve.. This could include intergenerational trauma, the impacts of trauma and pathways to healing. This could take the form of information sessions, yarning circles, and include discussions on bullying and lateral violence, substance misuse and violence helping our communities to understand pain based behaviours and where to seek help.
Workforce Development Accredited or non-accredited training to increase skills in the treatment and prevention of trauma. Training can be given to the social and emotional wellbeing workforce as well as the broader Aboriginal workforce. This can include domestic and family violence workers, health workers, mental health workers, child protection workers, child and family workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working in Juvenile detention centers and Adult correctional centers. Training could be provided on trauma its impacts and ways to work effectively, trauma-informed care, workshops on overcoming lateral violence, conflict resolution and mediation training, domestic and family violence, counselling skills.
For Karadi to continue to provide services the community need, we would love to know what the communities needs are. Come and let us know what you need by joining in with a morning tea, community lunch or by just coming and having a cuppa and a chat.
Hope to see you soon