The Healthy Blood, Healthy Body project will trial five Aboriginal-led and co-designed consumer strategies using a participatory approach to the research.
Strategies to enhance sustainability include:
The Co-design Working Group and Aboriginal Advisory Group established during exploratory research continue to guide our work.
Planning builds on best practice guides for Aboriginal health promotion and existing initiatives for alcohol and other drug harm reduction with established identity and branding, to maximise shared resources, impact and sustainability.
Strategies build Aboriginal community capacity related to harm reduction.
Find out more about our strategies below.
Increasing cultural security of NSPs. This is a policy intervention targeting NSPs which will develop a best practice guide/checklists to support services to enhance cultural security or obtain accreditation as a culturally secure organisation; and a cultural awareness training package for organisations providing services to Aboriginal consumers.
Community education and awareness campaign about harm reduction. This is a program intervention targeting the broader Aboriginal community and Aboriginal health professionals in the Perth metropolitan region to raise awareness about harm reduction and the role of NSPs.
Peer referral program pilot. This is a program intervention. A trained Aboriginal Peer Worker will coordinate the program pilot and supervise five volunteer peer educators to share harm reduction knowledge and raise awareness of NSPs with other Aboriginal consumers.
Towards a holistic service model. This is a policy intervention. The service system for Aboriginal consumers with complex needs is not well integrated and established referral pathways are required. This intervention will facilitate consultation between NSP and other organisations providing services to Aboriginal consumers e.g. welfare, housing, to make recommendations towards building a more holistic, consumer-centric and integrated service system.
Exploring the feasibility of increasing NSP service availability. This is a policy intervention. Findings from exploratory research indicated demand for increased NSP service availability. This intervention component will convene relevant stakeholders and examine available data including service user demographics, service user evaluations, equipment distribution, notification data for blood-borne viruses, and costs associated with providing NSP services, to test the feasibility of additional mobile, outreach and after-hours services.