Friday, 5 February 2016

MCHRI helps launch new Indigenous Women’s Health Yarning Place

Monash Centre for Health Research and Innovation (MCHRI) at SPHPM, in partnership with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (Edith Cowan University) officially launched the Indigenous Women's Health Yarning Place on 28 January at the Braybrook Community Centre, hosted by CoHealth. 

The Indigenous Women's Health Yarning Place is the newest additional yarning place to be developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet project that currently houses 17 yarning places.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible.

The Women’s health Yarning place has been a co-development of the HealthInfoNet led by Jane Burns, Professor Neil Drew and MCHRI led by Dr Jacqueline Boyle and has been supported by funding from the Ian Potter Foundation, Health and Disability Grants.

Dr Jacqueline Boyle from MCHRI said the Yarning Place will provide a much-needed network for those working in this area.

“Translational research with a population health focus is at the core of what we do here at MCHRI, and we’re thrilled to see this project off the ground and encourage everyone to become mob members,” Dr Jacqueline Boyle said.

The online yarning place is free and is designed to facilitate closer connections for those working across the country in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health in a variety of settings including health promotion, clinical care, health research and policy.

“It provides a space to share stories, successes and learnings, and it’s also just a great way to learn about what people are doing around the country, which you often don’t hear about until you go to a research meeting or conference,” Dr Jaqueline Boyle said.

“One of the key priorities that came out at a National Indigenous Women’s Health Research Meeting at Monash Health in 2013 was a need for a means of communication so that we can all learn from each other, from community members to researchers, to clinical care-providers to policymakers, and back again. And in 2015 we were very fortunate to secure funding from the Ian Potter Foundation to support this which we’re very grateful for,” Dr Jacqueline Boyle said.

The event was hosted by the CoHealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Manager Terori Hareko-Samnios and Jo Southwell who outlined some of the community programs CoHealth undertakes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health and some of the collaborative projects being undertaken between CoHealth and MCHRI in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health.

A generous welcome to country was performed by Aunty Diane Walker who talked about community initiatives to improve health and well-being.

Jane Burns, the Research Team Leader for Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, gave a detailed introduction to the portal, which combines quality, up-to-date resources as well as a discussion board and chat room where mob members of the yarning place can network with each other and contribute to forums discussions as they wish.

“By combining quality, up-to-date web-based information resources with yarning places we aim to create a great resource for people working, studying or interested in various Indigenous health issues. When you join a yarning place, you will have access to electronic services that assist members to network, yarn and share information and experiences online,” Jane Burns said.

The site will provide a sustainable and long term means of communication between all those working in Indigenous women's health across Australia from urban through to remote areas.

Find out more information about the Indigenous Women's Health Yarning Place online and sign up through this portal to become a mob member.

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