Nursing & Travel
Services for Nurses
Nurses with a Disablity
Law and Ethics
Nursing & Media
Journals A - Z
Nursing & the Arts
Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)
3. That Barwon Health employs a psychiatric
professional to develop and implement, in partnership with the Wathaurong
Aboriginal Co-Operative the required policies and procedures as documented.
To develop, in consultation with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, the
cross cultural in-service program, the Koori advocate program, and the
conflict resolution process. To work in co-operation with the Koori mental
health Liaison officer. To develop and implement Q/A measures and monitoring
4. To develop strategies and interventions to meet National Standards for
Mental Health services.
5. That the psychiatric professional be employed to assume a senior clinical
role in the construction and development of a Social, Emotional and
Spiritual Well-being service for the Wathaurong Koori community. This role
is described in detail in (Appendix 6. of this report.)
6. That Barwon Health enters into this process with a commitment to this
partnership and a spirit of reconciliation.
Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative
1. That the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative enters into negotiation with
Barwon Health to clarify the delivery of Mental Health Services.
2. That the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative provide the human resources
required to implement the Advocacy program as described.
That the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative develop and deliver a long-term
cross cultural education program to the Barwon Health Mental Health
Services. Funding and process to be negotiated with Barwon Health.
That the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative agree to work closely with the
appointed psychiatric professional and through an active partnership, work
constructively towards the development of a Social, Emotional and Spiritual
5. That the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative enter into this process with a
commitment to this partnership and a spirit of reconciliation.
As previously stated Barwon Health Mental Health services are not the
appropriate service providers for a Social, Emotional, and Spiritual
Wellbeing service. The Wathaurong co-operative is the most appropriate
provider as the community has sufficient human and cultural resources to
deliver such a service. Once the CoOp receives sufficient resources and
support from the relevant bodies, the community is ideally placed to take on
this responsibility and deliver this service.
5. Consultation Process
The consultation process commenced with the Moroponuk project officer having
meetings with the Board of Directors of the Wathaurong Aboriginal
Co-Operative, to discuss the proposal and to gain the permission of the
board to commence the consultation. It was agreed at this time that the
project would be supervised by a steering committee and that the research
project would be conducted within the parameters set out by the National
Health and Medical Research Council.