Ngak Min Health clinic is focussed on tackling the health gap experienced by First Nations and provides an innovative family-centred model with comprehensive medical, health, mental health, allied health, and wellbeing services.
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With only 43% of Indigenous people accessing specialist services the Ngak Min 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.
Our 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.
Emma McCann – Family and Child Practitioner from Ngak Min Health shares an insight into her role and how the clinic provides tailored support to Indigenous youth.
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.
The 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.
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.