Julian Burtons Burstrust

Annual Report 2013/14 . Indigenous Community Programs

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Health outcomes for Aboriginal people living in remote communities who suffer a burn injury are significantly lower than the general population due to a number of factors, including other health issues (eg diabetes), lack of adequate health facilities and professionals and the distance to specialised health services.

We are continuing to work with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Aboriginal Burns Program to deliver the Aboriginal Burns Units of Competencies, having 11 remote Aboriginal community members expressing an interest in becoming Burns Trust 'Burn and Fire Prevention Advocates' in the APY Lands. These 11 community members, all Aboriginal Health Workers, enrolled in the accredited ‘HLTAHW040 Promote Burns Prevention in Homes and Community’.  The Umuwa Trade Training Centre located in the APY Lands was utilised as the training venue. All 11 advocates completed the requirements of the training, fire fighting exercises and assessments.

The collaboration between the Burns Trust, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Fire Services through the Aboriginal Burns Program was recognised by the Minister for Emergency Services, being awarded a Highly Commended award in the State and Territory Government category of the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards.  

In June 2014 the BurnSafe team facilitated the BurnSafe program in Pipalyatjara, Murputja, Ernabella, Fregon, Mimili and Indulkana in the APY Lands delivering health and safety messages to 350 children ranging from 4 to 17 years of age. 

Written feedback from teachers showed that the modifications made to the BurnSafe Program and resources, from the experience in Oak Valley in Yalata the previous year, created an extremely suitable program for remote Aboriginal schools. 

Teachers feedback was consistently positive with 100% of teachers indicating they would recommend the program. 

“A very important program for our students. It was great how you got students participating and answering questions.”

Mandy, Junior Primary Teacher, Fregon Anangu School