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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 and review/processes.

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.

3. 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.

4. 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 Well-being service.

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.


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