Local Implementation Plan - Halls Creek

  1. Introduction
  2. How this Plan was Developed
  3. Building Block Priorities
  4. Local Implementation Plans – An Iterative Process
  5. Glossary
  6. Attachments

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Introduction

The Governments of Australia and Western Australia, working as one, are committed to closing the gap in the unacceptably high level of disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians. In particular, it acknowledges the additional challenges faced by Indigenous people living in remote areas.

Recognising these challenges, governments through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership (RSD NP) to build the capacities of both government and communities to engage with each other and agree on services appropriate to the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people.

Halls Creek has been chosen as one of 29 priority locations across Australia to participate in implementing the reforms envisaged in the RSD NP. For Halls Creek this will:

  • Improve access to a full range of suitable and culturally inclusive services
  • Raise the standards and range of services to be broadly consistent with similar sized and located communities
  • Improve the level of governance and leadership
  • Provide simpler access to better coordinated government services
  • Increase economic and social participation wherever possible and promote personal responsibility

The development of a Local Implementation Plan, agreed between governments and the Halls Creek community, which reflect the priorities of the community, is an essential element of the RSD NP reforms.

To achieve the objectives set out above and to ensure that the planning and delivery of government services in Halls Creek runs smoothly, reforms in the way governments work with each other and conduct business with communities are also essential.

To this end, a Local Operations Centre has been established as the direct link for community to all government business in Halls Creek. The Local Operations Centre is staffed by a Local Area Coordinator and Indigenous Engagement Officers who have a key role in the design and facilitation of community engagement and in identifying priorities for inclusion in the Local Implementation Plan.

At the regional level, the Kimberley Regional Operations Centre, located in Broome, supports Local Operations Centre and provides general oversight and direction for Remote Service Delivery in the Kimberley.

At the State level, the Department of Indigenous Affairs’ (DIA) Director General, as the State Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, works with the State Operations Committee, jointly convened with the Commonwealth Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ (FaHCSIA) State Manager, to monitor overall progress, address barriers in and between agencies and ensure that commitments in the LIPs are delivered.

At the national level, the Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services assesses progress and advises governments where there are gaps or slow progress or where improvements need to be made to ensure governments meet their commitments under the RSD NP.

The RSD NP does not stand on its own. As part of a larger COAG Indigenous Reform, it relies on the application of Indigenous specific and mainstream National Agreements and National Partnerships1 in the priority locations. Its success also depends on the effective delivery of Commonwealth, State and Local government services in the priority RSD location.

  1. The National Agreements are: National Indigenous Reform Agreement, National Education Agreement, National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, National Healthcare Agreement, National Affordable Housing Agreement, and National Disability Agreement.
    The key Indigenous specific National Partnerships are on: Indigenous Economic Participation, Indigenous Early Childhood Development, Indigenous Health Outcomes, and Remote Indigenous Housing.
    Mainstream National Partnerships contributing to the Remote Service Delivery NP are: Early Childhood Education, Literacy and Numeracy, Improving Teacher Quality, Social Housing, Homelessness, and Low Socio-Economic Schools Communities.
    Details of each agreement are available from the COAG website

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How this Plan was developed

There are two key community forums which have informed and driven the development of this plan:

  1. Halls Creek Advisory Group – formed in late 2009.
  2. Halls Creek Community Forum – created as a means of improving government engagement with community and to ensure that the development of the plan remained community-driven.

In addition to these structures the following also informed the development and content of the Local Implementation Plan:

  • A review of previous and recent community consultations were undertaken, including the results of the Halls Creek Community Plan developed by the Shire of Halls Creek.
  • Community workshops to determine a list of priorities under the Building Blocks.
  • Household surveys to maximise the representative nature of the priorities.
  • One-on-one interviews with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and representatives from government and non-government organisations.
  • Community solutions workshops to allow the Halls Creek community an opportunity to design solutions to identified priorities.

Actions presented in this LIP are classified into three:

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced. Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced.

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments (for example where a specific business plan is necessary to ensure effective outcomes or systemic reform is proposed which requires multiple stakeholder agreements).

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration (to allow evaluation of impact, funding appropriation or policy reform).

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3. Building Block Priorities

Early Childhood building Block

Early Childhood: the best start to life

For an equal start in life, Indigenous children need early learning, development and socialisation opportunities. Access to quality early childhood education and care services, including pre-school, playgroups, child care and family support services such as parenting programs and supports, is critical. Opportunities for parental engagement, a sustainable early childhood education and health workforce as well as facilities and physical infrastructure are required. Action in the areas of maternal, antenatal and early childhood health is relevant to addressing the child mortality gap and to early childhood development.

Local Priorities

Birthing Centre and Paediatric Services – A culturally appropriate birthing centre and paediatric services offered at Halls Creek District Hospital to service the entire Shire of Halls Creek.

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration For future consideration

Playgrounds / Parks – Increase the number of playgrounds/parks in Halls Creek and surrounding communities.

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced In partnership with the Shire of Halls Creek, funding sourced through the Regional Operations Centre for major upgrade of the Wellman Road Park to include a basketball court, family area, barbeque and playground equipment

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Undertake an audit of playground needs for communities in Halls Creek and explore related land tenure issues

Increase services to children and families

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced To complete construction and open the Children and Family Centre for community use

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced DEEWR will fully fund two Indigenous childcare traineeship positions at the Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre from July 2010 to July 2013

See Attachment A – Table 1 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Schooling Building block

Schooling: learning for life

Education is key to future opportunities. Responsive schooling requires investments in infrastructure, workforce, and curriculum. The focus is on student literacy and numeracy achievement, opportunities for parental engagement, and school/community partnerships. Transition pathways into schooling and into work, post school education and training are also important.

Local Priorities

Literacy and Numeracy – Elevate students’ skills to meet that of mainstream Australia

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Engage with community on possible solutions to literacy and numeracy issues, including re-engagement program for students and English as a Second Language training for teachers

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Update and implement a continuing improvement process in the School-Community Partnership Agreement.

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Increased resourcing through National Partnership Low Socio-economic Status School Communities funding.

Attendance and Engaging at Risk Children – Attendance needs to improve to allow students to receive the full benefits of education provided. Solutions include providing a bus service to communities. Educate parents of their responsibility to get their children to school

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Facilitate community input into solutions for addressing attendance problems at school and engaging at risk children

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Examine funding options for a school bus driver and for potential shared bus services between government and Catholic schools.

Curriculum – Include Aboriginal history, language and culture to build a sense of worth within the community to eliminate discrimination

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Work with community on solutions for including Aboriginal language, history and culture into the curriculum and investigate funding opportunities for this to occur.

Alcohol, Drug and Sexual Health Education – Prevention measures and information of available services for those affected by associated problems; prevention of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmissible diseases; and prevention of and support for victims of sexual abuse

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Investigate ways of improving access to information, raising awareness and implementing prevention programs. Analyse what already exists and improvements that can be made, with community input.

See Attachment A – Table 2 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Health Building Block

Health: lifelong health

Access to effective, comprehensive primary and preventative health care is essential to improving health and life expectancy, and reducing early mortality caused by chronic disease. Closing the Indigenous health gap requires a concerted effort in the prevention, management and treatment of chronic disease. Indigenous children and their parents need access to programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles. All health services play an important role in providing Indigenous people with access to effective health care.

Local Priorities

Development of a strategic plan that will address and improve governance, coordination and planning of appropriate health services delivered in/into Halls Creek

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Provision of funding to Yura Yungi Medical Service and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council to review and strengthen regional governance

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Formation of a Halls Creek Health Reference Group inclusive of all health service providers and community member representation

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Development of a Halls Creek Health Infrastructure project plan that describes strategies to address resource and funding requirements

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Development of a project plan to establish a health services coordinator position in Halls Creek to support the planning and coordination role of the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Undertake the development of a transport project plan to commence implementation of strategies to improve physical access to health services

Development and implementation of an appropriate and accessible, well planned and coordinated Halls Creek ‘Healing and Social and Emotional Wellbeing Plan

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Completion of a comprehensive mapping of services relating to healing services available in or to the Halls Creek community and provide this information to the Halls Creek Reference Group

Development and implementation of strategies that will address the environmental health and home health issues and gaps in Halls Creek

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Completion of a mapping of all environmental health programs existing and funded into Halls Creek by all levels of government and the private sector

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Work with the Halls Creek Housing and Safe Communities reference groups to develop a business case to seek funding for the appropriate resources to address environmental and home health issues

Establish a comprehensive Chronic Disease Prevention Strategy

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Completion of a comprehensive mapping of chronic disease prevention and treatment services, recreational activities and facilities available in or to the Halls Creek community and provide to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Early identification and support for families at risk

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Completion of mapping of all family and child support and intervention services available in or to Halls Creek

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Undertake a promotional and awareness communication strategy to improve community knowledge about support services available

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Work with the Halls Creek Health, Early Childhood and Safe Communities reference groups to develop a project plan to address the gaps in support or intervention services required to support and assist families at risk

Develop a comprehensive renal plan for Halls Creek

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Complete a comprehensive identification of the issues, gaps and barriers to accessing renal dialysis treatments in home, community and away from Halls Creek

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Mapping of existing renal disease prevention services and programs available in Halls Creek and provide to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Develop a Halls Creek renal disease prevention and dialysis plan to address gaps and resource requirements

Development of a comprehensive Halls Creek Child Health Plan

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders services, programs and support options, including currently and not currently available in Halls Creek

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Development of a strategy that addresses Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders awareness and prevention as well as implementing programs for support and treatment

Improved delivery and access to Aged Care and Disability Services

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Develop an Aged Care and a Disability services and facilities strategic document which described gaps, priorities and strategies for improvement of aged care and disability services in Halls Creek

Development of a Halls Creek Sexual Health Plan

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Develop a Halls Creek pre-pregnancy, sexual health plan

See Attachment A – Table 3 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Economic participation building block

Economic Participation: building wealthy communities

Indigenous families and communities should have the opportunity to benefit from the mainstream economy – real jobs, business opportunities, economic independence and wealth creation. Employment and training programs, incentive structures and social and physical infrastructure, including communications and transport, are needed to foster economic participation and community engagement. Access to land and native title assets, rights and interests can be leveraged to secure real and practical benefits for Indigenous people. The design and delivery of individual and community support (both transfer payments and services) needs to promote active engagement, enhanced capability and positive social norms.

Local Priorities

Training relevant to local jobs; Improve employment opportunities

Ensure that Indigenous community members have the relevant skills to take on employment within the community; including basic skills such as life skills, work readiness, numeracy, literacy and computer skills as well as building on employment opportunities

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Development of employment and economic development strategies, including an analysis of training needs, current and future employment opportunities and economic aspirations within Halls Creek.

Indigenous Business Enterprise – Increase the number of Indigenous owned businesses, including appropriate support

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Explore opportunities for increasing the number of Indigenous owned businesses in Halls Creek, including assistance for purchasing businesses when they become available for sale

Bus service to communities – provision of a bus service to communities

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Investigate the need for and viability of a bus service, including potential funding sources

See Attachment A – Table 4 for more detailed information on these priorities.

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Healthy Homes building block

Healthy Homes: investing in better housing

A healthy home is a fundamental precondition of a healthy population. Health living conditions must include adequate water and sewerage systems, waste collection, electricity, appropriate housing design and maintenance and sufficient number of houses. Children in particular need to live in accommodation that has good environmental health, provides space for study and is free of overcrowding.

Local Priorities

Men’s Place – A place for men to go to access services and take time out

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Investigate possible locations for a men’s place and services to be offered

Aboriginal Hostel – Establishment of a venue for Indigenous people visiting Halls Creek to stay

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Identify funding sources in order to undertake a scoping exercise/feasibility study for an Aboriginal Hostel in Halls Creek.

Environmental health improvements and education – Improve environmental health conditions and raise awareness of environmental health issues

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Develop an environmental health strategy that looks at all of the issues raised by community, including sewerage, animal management, pest control, housing maintenance, rubbish disposal and water usage/storage

Home Ownership – Raise awareness of options for home ownership and what it means

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Facilitate discussions around the development of an awareness campaign for the responsibilities of home ownership. Awareness sessions to start with the Housing Reference Group

See Attachment A – Table 5 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Safe communities Building block

Safe Communities: keeping families safe

All Indigenous children, youth, women and men need to be safe from violence, abuse and neglect. Improving family and community safety is essential through child protection, law and justice responses (including accessible and effective policing and an accessible justice system), victim support (including safe houses and counselling services), and preventive approaches. Addressing related factors such as alcohol and substance abuse will be critical to improving both community safety and achieving improved health outcomes.

Local Priorities

Housing repairs and maintenance -

  • Include single person’s unit dwellings in future home building program
  • Security screens for windows and doors
  • Introduction of power cards to Halls Creek town area
  • Front fencing and landscaping of yards
  • Responsive maintenance

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Facilitate discussions with the relevant line agencies and service providers on the inclusion of single person’s dwellings in future building programs and standard levels of home security

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Explore a feasibility study on the use of power cards within the town of Halls Creek

Reconciliation – Eliminate structural and institutional racism so that people can feel safe; conflict resolution between all sectors of the community to improve cohesion

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan, including conflict resolution and mediation and events, which bring the community together

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Raise community awareness of current avenues for racism complaints and investigate options for local avenue for complaints/advocator

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Review the Aboriginal Justice Agreement with the aim of its successful implementation

Bitumen Tanami Road and Duncan Highway – Ensure the condition of the Tanami Road and Duncan Highway are improved to reduce the incidence of accidents and wear and tear on vehicles as well as benefitting from the improved access to services and economic outcomes

Projects identified by the community requiring further consideration Examine long term funding options to improve the condition of the roads, including the Shire of Halls Creek’s proposal to have the Tanami Road recognised as an important interstate thoroughfare

Youth Services – Improve and increase the number of programs for youth and supply transport services to assist youth attend activities

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Facilitate coordination of youth services, ensuring that community has input to the type of services offered and support the Shire of Halls Creek to attract resources for youth services

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Undertake an analysis of under utilised bus services within the community and explore options for providing transport for youth the attend youth programs

See Attachment A – Table 6 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Governanace and Leadership building block

Governance and Leadership: empowering communities

Strong leadership is needed to champion and create ownership of the Indigenous reform agenda. Effective governance arrangements in communities and organisations as well as strong engagement by governments at all levels are essential to long term sustainable outcomes. Indigenous people need to be engaged in the development of reforms that will impact on them. Improved access to capacity building in governance and leadership is needed in order for Indigenous people to play a greater role in exercising their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Local Priorities

Community Centre – Provision of a designated community centre suitable as a meeting/gathering place

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Work with Shire of Halls Creek and community organisations to explore potential sites and services which could be delivered from a community centre, how a community centre would operate and funding options

Improved art and cultural focus for Halls Creek – Provision of a centre to display, record, teach and preserve local art and culture

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Investigate possible funding sources for an arts centre building and develop the capacity of Yarlyil

Cultural governance: formation and strengthening of formal governance structure for Halls Creek – Enhancement and development of more structured and formal governance structures in Halls Creek with representation from elders, traditional owners, language groups, stolen generation, service providers and the broader community

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Facilitate establishment of an Elders’ Reference Group

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Establish reference groups relevant to each of the Building Blocks

Reconciliation – Eliminate structural and institutional racism so that community members are not excluded from decision making regarding mainstream programs and services as well as being considered for employment opportunities

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan

Leadership development, including youth leadership – Strengthen leadership and governance structures, including non-government organisations and Aboriginal corporations

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Explore training and development opportunities which enhance the capacity of community to participate in culturally appropriate decision making forums and engage appropriate providers to undertake development

See Attachment A – Table 7 for more detailed information on these priorities

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Governanace and Leadership building block

Land, Language and Culture

Culture, land and culture shape the people and the community in which they live. The Halls Creek community has included land, language and culture as an essential building block for achieving the closing the gap targets.

Local Priorities

Teaching on Country – Support the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and language associated with country

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Work with Kimberley Language Resource Centre to facilitate on-country meeting of community and stakeholders to establish prioritisation of activities and how existing programs can be strengthened.

Kimberley Land Council office located in Halls Creek – Establishment of an office in Halls Creek to provide better services to residents and support the Kimberley Stolen Generation with Link-Up

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Explore potential for establishment of a Kimberley Land Council office in Halls Creek, including processes and issues to be considered in the establishment of an office and potential timeframes.

Cross Cultural Awareness Training – Provision of cross cultural awareness training for people working within Halls Creek, to understand the environment they are working in and the people they are working with

Projects that have been agreed and where action has commenced Engage appropriate training providers to deliver training, with community to be involved in its design.

Land matters, including excisions for Stolen Generation and Traditional Owners

Projects where future action is required to finalise commitments Facilitate discussions between all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the community is well informed about the current status of land excisions on Moola Bulla Station and a parcel of land south of Halls Creek and its wishes are taken on board with respect to use of that land.

See Attachment A – Table 8 for more detailed information on these priorities

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4. Local Implementation Plans – An Iterative Process

This Local Implementation Plan for Halls Creek is a ‘living’ document, and is to be considered as the initial step in a continuing iterative planning and implementation process. The Halls Creek community determined the priority targets for the first iteration of the plan.

The following diagram reflects the approach and identifies the iterative nature of the process.

Local Implementation Plans – An Iterative Process

Each identified action in the Local Implementation Plan will generate a measurable project plan, including timelines, identify lead agencies and outline an engagement process. The evaluation points will be clearly identified.

Where a specific commitment has been made, the project plan will reflect milestones, expected expenditure pattern and evaluation points.

Where the agreement is for future action (including business planning, systemic reform and strategic investigations) again milestones will be identified and a timeline clearly articulated for action.

Where the action identified is for future consideration the project plan will identify the parties to enter negotiation, the timeline for a decision (or way forward) and the measures to be taken.

In Halls Creek, the development of these project plans will be completed in partnership, using established governance arrangements.

Progress will be measure monthly, both through situation reporting (presented to the State Operations Committee) and communicated to the community reference groups.

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5. Glossary

AHCWA
Aboriginal Health Council of WA
ALT
Aboriginal Lands Trust
COAG
Council of Australian Governments
DAO
Drug and Alcohol Office
DCS
Department of Corrective Services
DCP
Department for Child Protection
DoE
Department of Education
DEEWR
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
DoH
Department of Health
DoHA
Department of Health and Ageing
DIA
Department of Indigenous Affairs
DTWD
Department of Training and Workforce Development
FAHCSIA
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
HMA
Housing Management Agreement.
Housing
Department of Housing
IBA
Indigenous Business Australia
IEO
Indigenous Engagement Officer
Jungarni
Jungarni-Jutiya Alcohol Action Council Aboriginal Corporation of Halls Creek
KACS
Kimberley Aged Care Services
KALACC
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre
KAMSC
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
KDGP
Kimberley Division of General Practice
KLC
Kimberley Land Council
KLRC
Kimberley Language Resource Centre
LAC
Local Area Coordinator
LIP
Local Implementation Plan
LOC
Local Operations Centre
MHC
Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
NGO
Non-Government Organisation
RFDS
Royal Flying Doctor Service
ROC
Regional Operations Centre
RSD
Remote Service Delivery
SDERA
School Drug Education and Road Aware
SoHC
Shire of Halls Creek
WACHS
Western Australian Country Health Service
YYAMS
Yura Yungi Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation

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Attachment A - Table 1

Early Childhood building block

EARLY CHILDHOOD: the best start to life

Shire of Halls Creek is the fastest growing shire in Western Australia. The region also has the youngest population in the whole of Western Australia, therefore early childhood services are very important to the Halls Creek community. Yura Yungi Aboriginal Medical Service estimated in 2007 that 12% of Indigenous residents in Halls Creek were aged 0-4years. Early childhood issues have been a high priority for Halls Creek residents for some time. The Shire of Halls Creek Community Strategy process and the Halls Creek Community Forum continue to identify aspects of early childhood health and wellbeing that need to be addressed.

The Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre currently provides a daycare service. The facility is situated at the Shire of Halls Creek office and is inadequate for providing childcare services as the facility does not meet current child care standards. This has been recognised by the community, relevant State government agencies and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. DEEWR will fund two Indigenous child care traineeship positions for the Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre via funding targeted to centre-based Indigenous funded child care services in RSD locations. DEEWR will provide 100% wages and on-costs, no direct costs to the service.

Halls Creek is also a priority location for a Children and Family Centre under the Indigenous Early Childhood National Partnership. The Western Australian Department of Education has carriage for implementing this, and consultation with the community and relevant stakeholders on all aspects of the Children and Family Centre are ongoing. Currently the design has been finalised and the tender to build the Centre has been advertised. Community will continue to be engaged and participate in the construction and management of the centre; including input into tender documentation and landscaping. There will also be a focus, in partnership with TAFE, Job Services and the High School to target potential childcare workers. A Governance Group will be established by the end of 2010. Little Nuggets will be incorporated into the new centre and will retain its name. C&K Playgroups, an organisation from Queensland, is currently running mobile playgroups and in the future will be able to run these at and through the Centre. DEEWR will fund two indigenous childcare traineeship positions for Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre via funding targeted to centre-based indigenous funded child care services in RSD locations. DEEWR will provide 100% wages and on-costs, with no direct costs to the service.

The Halls Creek District High School Strategic Plan, the National Partnership Plan on Low Socio-Economic Status School Communities will both need to be developed in conjunction with this building block. Further work will need to be undertaken under the early childhood building block between the community and other key stakeholders to develop further actions under each of the stated priorities and to consolidate action through the Children and Family Centre service model.

Priority 1: Birthing Centre & Paediatric Services

Aim: A culturally appropriate birthing centre and Paediatric Services offered at Halls Creek District Hospital to service the entire Shire of Halls Creek.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:
1.1 Indigenous children are born healthy

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoH (lead)

ROC/LOC

Halls Creek Hospital

Preliminary Discussions with stakeholders. To ensure community members participate in the design of services TBC Has not commenced – Future consideration

 

Priority 2: Playground / Parks

Aim: Increase in the number of playgrounds/parks in Halls Creek and surrounding communities. The communities outside of Halls Creek do not currently have playground equipment.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:
1.3 Indigenous children benefit from better social inclusion and reduced disadvantage
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Safe Communities, Healthy Homes, Schooling, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
LOC & SoHC (co-lead)

Auditing playground needs for communities around Halls Creek and to investigate land tenure and maintenance issues.

Current activity

  • ROC co-funding with SoHC major upgrade of Wellman Rd Park to include a basketball court, family area, bbq and playground equipment.
Communities outside of Halls Creek do not have playground equipment. On-going Commenced:

 

Priority 3 – Children & Family services

Aim: Increase services to children and families through improved provision of:

  • Childcare
  • Early Learning
  • Child Health
  • Family and Parent services

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

1.2 – Indigenous children acquire the basic skills for life and learning
1.3 – Indigenous children benefit from better social inclusion and reduced disadvantage
1.5 - Indigenous children have access to affordable, quality early childhood education

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Safe Communities, Healthy Homes, Schooling, Health, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoE (lead)

Little Nuggets

KLRC

HC Hospital

YYAMS

Jungarni

DEEWR

DoHA

HCDHS

TAFE

DoH

Consultation on the building design has been completed. Community consultation is now focused on local governance arrangements, information to be placed into the expression of interest to operate the Centre, and the types of programs and services to be provided at or through the centre. To ensure that community members play a lead role and have ownership in the development of the Children and Family Centre, its operations, and the programs and services to be delivered at and through it. On-going Agreed & FundedChildren & Family Centre to be built in Halls Creek

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Attachment A - Table 2

Schooling building block

 

SCHOOLING: learning for life

The Shire of Halls Creek has a relatively young population compared to the rest of Western Australia, this means that Schooling is of particular importance to the community. In a stakeholder meeting on 22 June further actions and priorities were suggested, however these will require further discussion with the community and interested stakeholders

Currently there is one government school catering for K-12 located in Halls Creek – Halls Creek District High School - and a private school – Warlawurru Catholic Primary School- which caters for K-7 and is located at Red Hill (Lunja) Community, approximately 2kms from the centre of Halls Creek town.

The Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership Agreement states that in 2009, 380 students were enrolled at Halls Creek District High School with only 78 students attending 90% of the time or more. (This includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students; however 97% of the children enrolled in Halls Creek District High School are Indigenous). The student attendance rate is 67%, Warluwarru Catholic Primary School reported only 20% of students attend school on 9 out of 10 days. This indicates a large proportion of children who do not attend school at all or very irregularly. The Community members were particularly interested in targeting and engaging these children and improving general attendance levels.

Primary school attendance rates at Halls Creek District High School increased to 74% at the end of term 1 2010, from 62.7% in 2007 (compared to 92.6% for the whole of Western Australia).

The majority of children speak English as a second language. They come from many different cultural backgrounds and language groups from many parts of the Shire of Halls Creek. The children who are not engaged typically come from difficult home environments where the parents/carers suffer from addictions to drugs, alcohol and/or gambling and the houses are severely overcrowded and in poor condition. These living arrangements present many difficulties for children attempting to attend school as well as do homework as the environment may not be safe, may be noisy and generally not conducive to study.

DEEWR currently funds the Halls Creek Young Women’s Engagement and Enterprise project through the Hall’s Creek District High School aimed at female school age students who are disengaged. The project provides intensive support to reengage and an off-campus program including literacy and numeracy, health and well being and enterprise and work readiness skills.

Based on National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing in 2009, the Halls Creek District High School is improving when compared to statistically similar schools (Social Economic Index), however there is much work to be done to close the gap compared to all other Australian schools.

Attached to this plan are the:

  • Halls Creek District High School plans (which require further input into this planning process);
  • Halls Creek District High School National Partnership-Low SES communities Plan; and
  • Halls Creek District High School Strategic Plan 2010-2014.

Other plans from schools in the surrounding region will inform future versions of this plan.

Further planning work still needs to be undertaken under this building block between the community and the Halls Creek District High School and other surrounding schools.

Priority 1: Literacy & Numeracy

Aim: Elevate student’s skills to meet that of mainstream Australia

Current situation:

  • A school – Community Partnership Agreement was developed recently.
  • ICC has responded to this concern in 2008 under Petrol Sniffing Strategy – DEEWR funded partnership with School. Great results – funding expires Dec 10 need decision from DEEWR re continuing

Current initiatives/programs at HCDHS:

  • Literacy
    • A comprehensive Literacy Policy that covers the essential requirements to be a successful literacy teacher has been implemented.
    • A whole of school focus on reading and writing. Also a focus on the early years (K-3) with the implementation of FELIKS lead by the AIEO team.
    • Curriculum Learning Team Models with Teachers, AIEOs and EAs to create autonomy and meet individual needs is currently in action.
    • Kimberley Literacy Profiles to monitor individual student success has been fully implemented.
    • For Year 1-9 students an ability focussed literacy session in clusters has been implemented at the school. This will enable explicit teaching of skills and to effectively meet the individual needs of all students.
    • A whole school speaking & listening program through PRK radio has been established.
    • The KDEO Planning format in Learning Clusters linked to first steps and Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum is being implemented.
    • Dedicated “core” time (1 hr a day) to each explicit numeracy skills has been implemented.
  • Numeracy
    • A comprehensive Numeracy Policy giving structure and focussed guidance on how to improve numeracy of students is being implemented.
    • Operational plans and Curriculum Learning Team Models outlining best practice for teaching numeracy is being implemented.
    • The ALS framework is being used to develop a recurring, strong numeracy practise across the whole school.
    • For Year 1-9 students an ability focussed numeracy session in clusters has been implemented. This enables explicit teaching of skills to meet the individual needs of all students.
    • Dedicated “core” time (1 hr a day) to each explicit numeracy skills has been implemented.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:
2.2 – Indigenous youth meet basic literacy and numeracy standards, and overall levels of literacy and numeracy are improving.
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoE (lead)

LOC

DEEWR

HCDHS

TAFE

Engage with community on possible solutions to literacy and numeracy issues, including reengagement program for students (recognising that Halls Creek District High School currently runs the Halls Creek Young Womens’ Engagement and Enterprise Program and Clontarf Boys’ Academy currently operate in the community) and ESL background/training for teachers. Update and implement a continuing improvement process in the School-Community Partnership Agreement.

The majority of children speak English as a second language.

Whilst the High School is gaining improvements compared to statistically similar schools, there is much work to be done to close the gap compared to all other Australian schools.

TBC

Commenced: Already development of school-community partnership agreement

Lead: DEEWR

DoE

Increased resourcing through National Partnership Low Socio-economic Status School Communities funding

 

Agreed & Commenced

Lead: DoE

DEEWR

CEO

Access to school-based trade training to be developed

Whilst the high school is gaining improvements compared to statistically similar schools, there is much work to be done to close the gap compared to other Australian schools.

2011

Agreed future action plan for process developed

Lead: DEEWR

DoE

CEO

Kimberley Success Zone to promote teaching and schooling best practice

end 2010-2011

Planning Underway - Agreed future action

Lead: DoE

Appointment of a level 3 literacy coordinator to implement a whole school approach to literacy using the Kimberley literacy profiling tool

Underway 2010 and beyond

Agreed & Commenced

Priority 2: Attendance & Engaging at-risk children

Aim: Attendance needs to improve to allow students to receive the full benefits of education provided.

Current situation:

  • VET training through TAFE has been difficult to sustain through lack of resources, and the adult education model of VET training is not meeting the needs of high school students
  • Parents/carers need support with parenting skills & a broader region wide need for supporting parents in life skills and capacity building
  • The Shire of Halls Creek offers youth services and has a ‘No School, No Pool’ policy. Non-attendees are also not allowed to participate in the youth services

Current initiatives/programs at HCDHS:

  • In July 2010 the school implemented a policy aimed at keeping children in school named “It’s not ok to stay away”. The school plans to run this campaign in October 2010 as well.
  • An attendance team led by SBAO and integrated into student services is being implemented.
  • Attendance targets built into clusters. Increased resources and targets focussed on early childhood education.
  • Incorporating the brighter futures plan into school policy is currently under review.
  • Nutrition program, school shirts and attendance awards
  • Positive incentives including; pool day, budget per classrooms etc
  • Partnerships with external agencies, ie. police, DCP etc
  • Regular dialogue with home and parents through regular communication, including; home visits, notes, newsletters, merit certificates and phone calls.
  • Attendance Cup and Star awards for whole class and individual achievement recognition.

Initiatives at HCDHS to build school & community partnerships:

  • Community Forums held every term to be implemented
  • Monthly School Council meetings
  • Community-run cultural induction for all staff to be implemented.
  • School Community Partnership Agreement to be established.
  • School open days, concerts and invitational functions for parents.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome: 2.1 – Schooling promotes social inclusion and reduces educational disadvantag
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health, Safe Communities, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoE

CEO

LOC

SoHC

Facilitate community input into solutions for addressing attendance problems at school and engaging at-risk children. Look at areas such as youth services and better engagement with VET.

A large proportion of children either do not attend school or do so irregularly.

Community members want to target and engage these children.

January 2011

Not yet commenced

LOC

DoE

CEO

Review the student services elements of the Halls Creek District High School Strategic Plan (e.g. the focus on school attendance) with a view to engagement and partnership with the community on school attendance targets and strategies.

End 2010

Agreed future action

DoE (lead)

CEO

Examine possibility of increasing the ratio of Indigenous staff to allow for one Indigenous staff member in every classroom

TBC

Agreed future action

ROC (lead)

DPI

DoE

CEO

Examine funding options to pay school bus driver.

Organise shared bus route with Catholic School and bus. Raise awareness of bus service and ensure children use provided bus service.

November 2010

ROC to fund school bus stops. Agreed future action

DEEWR (lead) ROC

Youth Connections

Undertake an evaluation of the Halls Creek Young Women’s Engagement and Enterprise project to measure its success at engaging at risk students.

End 2010

Agreed future action

Priority 3: Curriculum

Aim: Include Aboriginal History Language and Culture to build sense of self worth within the community to eliminate discrimination.

Current situation:

Current initiatives/programs at HCDHS

  • Re-introduce the teaching of Aboriginal Languages; including LOTE classes every week and a real emphasis on two-way learning through utilising the AIEOs and Aboriginal staff.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome: 2.2 – Schooling promotes social inclusion and reduces educational disadvantage
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Land, Language & Culture, Economic Participation
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoE (lead)

ROC

KLRC

HCDHS

DEEWR

Work with community on solutions for including Aboriginal, Language, History and Culture into curriculum. Investigate funding opportunities for this to occur.

Encourage parents to engage in Aboriginal history, language and culture activities, as well as engaging with relevant community organisations.

Language and culture is of high importance to many community members -- steps need to be taken to preserve remaining language and culture

TBC

Has not commenced

DoE

Principal and School

Halls Creek Community

Establish the school community partnership agreement to:

  • have community run, ongoing cultural education for staff; and
  • improve parental and community engagement through such means as open days, improved communication from the school, newsletters, radio show and other solutions as suggested by the community.

End 2010

Agreed future action

Priority 4: Alcohol, Drug and Sexual Health Education

Aim:

Prevention measures and information of available services for those affected by associated problems.

Prevention of unwanted pregnancies, STDs and prevention and support for victims of sexual abuse.

Current situation:

  • A Yura Yungi Sexual Health Worker currently visits the school every fortnight to offer services.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome: 2.1 – School promotes social inclusion and reduces educational disadvantage
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Healthy Homes, Safe Communities, Economic Participation
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DoE (lead)

ROC

LOC

HCDHS

Principal and School

other community agencies

Yura Yungi

Community Health

Investigate ways of improving access to information, raising awareness and implementing prevention programs. Analysis of what already exists and improvements that can be made with community input.

Fertility rate for Indigenous mothers aged 15-19 is nearly 8 times total Australian population rate.

Cycles of alcohol and drug overuse need to be broken.

TBC

Not yet commenced

Future Consideration

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Attachment A - Table 3

Health building block

HEALTH: lifelong health

BACKGROUND

On 29 November 2008, COAG agreed to an historic $1.6 billion dollar National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Closing The Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes to specifically address the first of the COAG Closing The Gap targets- to close the gap in life expectancy within a generation.

The Commonwealth will contribute $805.5 million over four years to address three priority areas in the National Partnership Agreement on Closing The Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes - Tackling Smoking, Primary Health Services That Can Deliver and Fixing The Gaps And Improving The Patient Journey. The Western Australian Government committed $117.43 million dollars over four years to address five priority areas- Tackling Smoking, Primary Health Services That Can Deliver, Fixing The Gaps And Improving The Patient Journey, Making Indigenous Health Everyone’s Business and Healthy Transition To Adulthood.

Both the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments have worked with key stakeholders to develop implementation plans committing the funds and have commenced the implementation of strategies to address the priority areas in all regions of Western Australia.

Subsequently, both the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments have agreed to further progress Closing The Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes in Halls Creek by committing to the Remote Service Delivery NPA. The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the health building block will provide the Community local level direction setting required for Government commitment and investments to Close The Gap in Indigenous health Outcomes in Halls Creek.

PROCESS IN DEVELOPING HEALTH BUILDING BLOCK

The information included in this section of the LIP was drawn from a variety of sources including:

  • Existing documents

A number of previously developed health consultation and planning documents have been reviewed, aligned and accessed in preparation of the Halls Creek health Local Implementation Plan document. These include (and are not limited to):

  • Service Provider planning documents and feedback
  • Better Life Project documents and feedback
  • State and Commonwealth planning documents and feedback
  • Shire of Halls Creek health consultation documents and feedback

Household survey

The Local Operations Centre undertook a detailed household survey to determine the Community identified health priorities for further focus in this iteration of the Remote Service Delivery NPA Local Implementation Plan (LIP).

  • Halls Creek Community Forum and community “solutions” workshops

Local Operations Centre staff and Regional Operations Centre staff facilitated a number of health specific Community stakeholder workshops to further inform priority health issues, gaps and solutions to be included in this LIP. 

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE FOR HEALTH BUILDING BLOCK

During the Leadership and Governance solutions workshop held on June 9, 2010 the attendees agreed to a formal Governance structure that includes a reference group for each of the eight building blocks, including health.  Membership of the health reference group will include a member from each area within the Halls Creek town region as well as one representative from each health service provider.  Agreement was also made that one service provider and one community member from the health reference group would sit on the Advisory Group.  

Future challenges will include:

  • Establishing suitable housing stock for existing and new positions.
  • Ensuring that the development of plans and programs is at direction of Community and in partnership with all relevant agencies and the Community.
  • Implementing adequate support for existing local and regional health governance, planning and coordination groups as they take on more responsibility in addressing issues through the LIP.
  • Negotiating funding for identified FTE’s and programs to ensure that the positive, short-term changes in health outcomes are translated into long-term health outcomes that are comparable to the broader population.
  • Building autonomy and sustainability in local Communities

Government “doing business differently” to Close The Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes: Remote Service Delivery NPA for Health

  • Community and Government process to agreement on priority health action
  • Government supporting local Community strategies to enhance and sustain local health decision making
  • Community developed performance indicators on health
  • Reporting to Community on health progress
  • Health service contract management to oblige Community partnered planning, coordination and direction setting and direction setting

Priority 1: Development of a strategy plan that will address and improve Governance, Coordination and Planning of appropriate health services delivered in/into Halls Creek, this will include:

Aim:
  • Support for and strengthening of health service governance and local decision making
  • Establishing local and regional planning in partnership with Community and health service providers
  • Scoping of community clinic services (including infrastructure, staffing and programs).
  • Revision of visiting health services in relation to meeting changing Community needs.
  • Improved awareness of and access to permanent and visiting services by Community.

Current Situation: A complex matrix of health decision making, coordination and planning exists mostly outside of the local environment.

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Governance & Leadership
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
1A: SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND HEALTH SERVICES TO STREGTHEN GOVERNANCE AND DECISION MAKING

Lead: ROC/LOC

Co Lead: Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners:

YYMS

Jungarni

Aged Care services

DoHA

FaHCSIA

DIA

WACHS

SoHC

RFDS

Other State and Commonwealth Departments

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • DoHA Funding for YYMS to review and strengthen regional governance $30,000.00

Good quality governance and guidelines can lead to improved patient care, clinical governance and health outcomes.

Community raised governance as an issue in Halls Creek- requesting better supports, training, and encouragement.

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA Funding for KAMSC (YYMS member) to review and strengthen local governance $30,000.00

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG funding to ensure health service providers have access to relevant and appropriate information to improve decision making processes and inform clinical management decisions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Close The Gap in Indigenous Health NPA Implementation Plan)

2009-2013

Agreed & Commenced

  • Formation of a Halls Creek Health Reference Group inclusive of all health service providers and Community member representation.

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Develop strategies for supporting the local decision making, direction setting and evaluation role of the Halls Creek Health Reference Group: This may include a Halls Creek Health Reference Group role in establishing performance indicating benchmarks and utilising contract management for service planning with the Halls Creek Health Reference Group.

March – Ongoing

Agreed future action

  • Further develop strategies that address the support, and assistance, required by Halls Creek health service’s with governance, decision making and Community involved direction setting. These may include:
    • Strengthening relationships between Community boards and Community members
    • Supporting managers and boards with governance and decision making
    • Community developed protocols for engagement and direction setting
    • Support for health service strategic planning

Investments for implementation and sustainability of strategies

December 2010

Agreed future action

1B: MAPPING CURRENT ACTIVITY, FACILITIES AND GAPS

Lead: ROC/LOC

Co lead: Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners:

YYMS

Jungarni

Aged Care services in Halls Creek

DoHA

WACHS

KDGP

Anglicare/Kinway

St John of God

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of the comprehensive mapping of current services and programs and provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Service providers, Community members and funding bodies have recognised a need for clear understandings of current and future capital needs, Halls Creek infrastructure over capacity- all further FTE and program funding/resources is dependent on working space and accommodation

March- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Continue to assess the health service program and resource gaps as required to deliver services to Close The Gap in health outcomes in Halls Creek

March 2010- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

  • Complete a comprehensive scoping exercise to determine the current and future infrastructure needs related to the existing health services and visiting services.
    • This will include clinical, primary health, emergency, training/education and program delivery space, as well as accommodation needs for permanent staff and visiting services to/in Halls Creek and out stations.

March 2010- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

  • YYAMS completed scoping capital infrastructure and staff accommodation needs and provided proposal to DoHA and LOC

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Development of a Halls Creek Health Infrastructure project plan that describes strategies to address resource and funding requirements.

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

1C: HALLS CREEK HEALTH SERVICE PLANNING AND COORDINATION TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND UPTAKE OF HEALTH SERVICES

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- ROC/LOC

Partners:

YYMS

Jungarni

DoHA

WACHS

KDGP

KCDST

Aged Care services

Anglicare/Kinway

St John of God

DAO

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Formation of a Halls Creek Health Reference Group inclusive of all health service providers and Community member representation.

Community have requested better coordination of service provision

To address possible duplication wastages and assist with partnership and value add models of service delivery that improve outcome for Community members

Lack of communication and coordination between service providers and across the continuum of care

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Facilitated discussions between Community and Halls Creek health service providers

March 2010- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

  • Volatile Substance Use protocols in operation in Halls Creek supported by VSU local service provider group and referral pathways
   
  • DoHA funding to KAMSC to trial a central health planning and coordination role for Kimberley Regional Aboriginal Health Planning forum (YYMS AND WACHS are members)- “Kimberley Aboriginal Health Planning and Coordination Pilot Project” $50,000.00

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA funding for a State-wide COAG coordination role at AHCWA- COAG coordination and support to ACCHOs (including YYAMS)- $83,170
  • State COAG funding for two State-wide Aboriginal Liaison Coordinators, one based at AHCWA and one based at WACHS Area Office
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding to WACHS Kimberley for Kimberley Regional Eye Program Coordinator $523,500
  • State COAG Closing the Gap Funding to KAMSC for Kimberley Integrated Health Information Systems $892,735
  • State COAG Closing the Gap Funding to WACHS Kimberley for Kimberley Integrated Health Information System $1,351,400

2009/2010

2009-ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Development of a project plan to establish a health services coordinator position in Halls Creek to support the planning and coordination role of the Halls Creek Health Reference Group, the role once established will include:
    • Communication strategy to promote awareness of services to Halls Creek Community and its surrounding Community populations about: health services currently available, service visiting times, services that can be accessed when needed and how.
    • Coordinate service delivery into Halls Creek with services based outside of Halls Creek
    • Support planning of health service delivery in Halls Creek with the Halls Creek Health Reference Group- taking into account all services capital works and planning processes where appropriate.
    • Facilitate linkages with regional and state health planning groups.
  • Work with Halls Creek Health Reference Group to

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

1D: DEVELOPMENT OF A HEALTH TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR HALLS CREEK AND ITS SURROUNDS

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- LOC/ROC

Partners:

YYMS

Jungarni

Aged Care services

DoHA

FaHCSIA

DIA

WACHS

SoHC

RFDS

Other State and Commonwealth Departments

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Discussions with Halls Creek Communities, Government agencies and service providers to canvass needs and solutions

Improving physical access to health services- physical access is a major barrier to health service in remote settings.

Community have identified a number of transport issues affecting access to health service and have requested action to address

March 2010- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA funding for emergency transportation- a new 4WD Ambulance for YYAMS or out station clinic need. ($115,522.00)

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA funding for a YYAMS mobile clinic to take health care to out stations. ($162,214.00)

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Undertake the development of a transport project plan to commence implementation of strategies to improve physical access to health services, this will include addressing:
    • Emergency transportation, town based and out station 4WD Ambulance(s)
    • Emergency retrieval evacuations- RFDS airstrips in outstations currently not accessible night and day
    • Daily access to clinic appointments and health appointments in regional centres- improved public transport system.
    • Exploration of potential for a further number of mobile clinics to enable non-emergency primary health and prevention activity to be taken out to surrounding Communities
    • Better/improved assistance when travelling long distances (to Perth etc)
    • Revision of PATS system and effectiveness for Halls Creek people.
  • Improved access to public transport within the town of Halls Creek and it’s immediate surrounds

December 2010

Agreed future action

And

Future Consideration

Priority 2: Development and implementation of an appropriate and accessible, well planned and coordinated, Halls Creek “Healing and Social and Emotional Wellbeing Plan” this will include strategies relating to:

Aim:

  • Healing and trauma
  • Counselling and social supports
  • Alcohol and drug management and prevention plan
  • Suicide prevention
  • Mental health services
  • Youth focus, engagement and diversion
  • Violence related harm

Current Situation: A number of programs addressing the aims exist, poorly coordinated and gaps in addressing whole issues are apparent to Community

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Safer Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
2A: MAPPING CURRENT ACTIVITY AND FACILITIES

Lead- ROC/LOC

Co lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners:

DoHA

FaHCSIA/Kununurra ICC

SoHC

Darrell Henry Safe Care Consortium

Mental Health Commission

YYMS

Jungarni

WACHS

KDGP

Anglicare/Kinway

SDERA

St John of God

Women’s refuge

Police

DCS

DCP

DAO

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of a comprehensive mapping of services relating to healing and SEWB services available in or to the Halls Creek Community and provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group, this will include:
    • Healing and trauma
    • Counselling and social supports
    • Drug and alcohol
    • Suicide prevention
    • Mental health services
    • Youth diversion and engagement strategies
    • Violence and abuse services

Community, service providers and funding bodies requesting clear understanding of all of the programs and services operating to address SEWB and healing outcomes for Community

March 2010- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Commenced ROC facilitated discussions between Community and service providers

March 2010- ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

  • Completion of identification of needs and gaps in services

March 2010- ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA funding for Milliya Rumurra Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service to undertake network meeting to develop better services (including to Halls Creek Community Members) $40,000.00.
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding for Men’s Outreach Service for a Kimberley wide Suicide Prevention Program-Alive and Kicking Goals project $1,661,964
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding for KAMSC for a Region wide Headspace Kimberley Youth SEWB Program $1,617,762

June 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Undertake a scoping exercise to determine the current and future infrastructure needs related to the healing and wellbeing including:
    • Space and infrastructure to deliver and run programs, activities, services
    • Staff accommodation needs
  • Capital operations costs

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

2B: DEVELOPMENT OF A PROJECT PLAN

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- LOC/ROC

Partners:

DoHA

Mental Health Commission

FaHCSIA/Kununnurra ICC

Darrell Henry Safe Care Consortium

YYMS

Jungarni

WACHS

KDGP

Anglicare/Kinway

SDERA

St John of God

Women’s Refuge

Police

DCS

DCP

SoHC

FUTURE ACTIVITY
  • Establishment of a comprehensive Healing and SEWB Plan for Halls Creek that will include developing strategy documents addressing:
    1. healing and trauma
    2. mental health
    3. counselling and social supports
    4. drug and alcohol (including volatile substance use),
    5. suicide prevention,
    6. violence related harm
    7. youth

These strategy documents will include a possible focus on:

  • healing programs that operate on country
  • training in healing and counselling that will operate on country
  • Linkage with Culture and Arts
  • A central healing centre space for administration and consultation needs
  • Resourcing for Community people to attend National and International healing and SEWB conferences
  • Prevention programs
  • Grief and loss supports
  • Employment of local Community assets- local people who naturally undertake healing or SEWB roles
  • Appropriate language use
  • linkage
  • Review of drug and alcohol needs and resources
  • Youth
  • Elders
  • Review of other successful models/programs, including the Yiriman Program
  • Expanding and aiding existing health and SEWB services to undertake appropriate social support roles
  • Linkages and support needs for Halls Creek Community members receiving healing and/or SEWB services outside of Halls Creek
  • Implementation, resource and funding requirements

Lack of culturally appropriate mental health services.

Lack of appropriate and locally designed support services

Local Aboriginal Community member recruitment and retention in SEWB programs in Halls Creek

High rates of Indigenous mental health hospitalisation (higher than national rate)

March 2011

Agreed future action

2C: EAST KIMBERLEY SUICIDE PREVENTION FORUM/SUMMIT

ROC- co lead

LOC- co lead

Halls Creek Health Reference Group- lead

Mental Health Commission

DoHA, DAO,

FaHCSIA

Darrell Henry Safe Care Consortium

YYMS

Jungarni

WACHS

KDGP

Anglicare/Kinway

SDERA

St John of God

CURRENT ACTIONS

  • ROC/LOC facilitated discussions with Community members and service providers.

High rates of Aboriginal Community member suicide and self harm

High rate of trauma and grief not being addressed with adequate resourcing for locally designed strategies

May 2010- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIONS

  • Establish a Halls Creek group through the Halls Creek Health Reference Group to develop a East Kimberley Suicide Prevention Forum/Summit.

August 2010

Agreed future action

  • Develop a costed project plan to seek funding and resourcing for the Forum/Summit, plan will consider:
    • Being held on country
    • Sharing of stories
    • Will invite local East Kimberley Community people
    • May just be a chance to talk and not a workshop or conference
    • Must be culturally sensitive and appropriate to suicide landscape in East Kimberley
    • Should be planned with people dealing with suicide issues

October 2010

Future Consideration

Priority 3: Development and implementation of strategies that will address the Environmental Health and Home Health issues and gaps in Halls Creek.

Aim: Improving the environmental and Housing situation to improve health and wellbeing

Current Situation: House, home and environmental health directly impacts of illness and wellness in the Community

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Healthy Homes, Safer Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

Co lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners:

SoHC

Environmental Health NGOs

State Health Department

DoHA

FaHCSIA

DIA

WACHS

Other State and Commonwealth Government Departments

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Completion of a mapping of all environmental health programs existing and funded into Halls Creek by all levels of Government and private sector.

Unhealthy homes and/or Communities have a significant impact on personal and family health outcomes

Community members say that until homes are healthy people will be sick

March - August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

Establish the Halls Creek environmental health gaps, issues and priorities, ensuring that house and home health issues are a major focus

March - August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Work with the Halls Creek housing and safer communities committees/reference groups to develop a business case to seek funding for the appropriate resources to address the Environmental Health/Home Health issues.
  • Review the Environmental Health Needs of Aboriginal Communities in WA The 2008 Survey and It’s Findings

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

Priority 4: Establish a comprehensive Chronic Disease Prevention Strategy that includes:

Aim:

  • A plan that improves access and uptake of healthy activities
  • Prevention focus
  • Health Promotion and Education

Current Situation: Gaps exist in access, demand and uptake of Chronic Disease prevention and treatment measures

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
4A: CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION

Lead- LOC/ROC

Co lead- Halls Creek Health Reference

Partners-

YYMS

DoHA

WACHS- Kimberley Public health Physician

KDGP

TAFE

State and Commonwealth Departments of Training (DEEWR and DTWD)

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of a comprehensive mapping of chronic disease prevention and treatment services available in or to the Halls Creek Community and provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group.

Aboriginal people have higher rates of Chronic Disease

Lack of communication and coordination between service providers and across the continuum of care

The World health organisation’s Ottawa charter recommends a five pronged approach for health promotion including public awareness campaigns

Health promotion is an important factor in reducing risk factors at the population level

March 2010- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Completed identification of the Halls Creek chronic disease prevention and treatment gaps, including:
    • Prevention
    • Education
    • Health promotion
    • Local staffing and training options, including local AMS RTO
    • Recruitment and retention of health professionals, including accommodation issues
    • Local employment of ex-AHWs who may consider employment in a prevention, promotion, education role

March 2010- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG funding for Indigenous Health Project Officer Positions for the Kimberley Division of General Practice and AHCWA- $256,500.00
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding to YYAM for Tackling Smoking program $346,028
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding to Jungarni-Jutiya Alcohol Action Aboriginal Council Corporation for Tackling Smoking program $346,028
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding to Health Networks for Statewide Tackling Smoking Coordination program
  • State COAG Closing the Gap funding to KAMSC for region wide Ear Health Program total funding $412,937

2009- ongoing COAG positions

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG funding for a State-wide Practice Manager role to support ACCHOs (YYAMS included)

2009/2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG funding for YYAMS Practice Manager $160,000.00

2009/2010 funding

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG funding for 4 x FTE to East Kimberley through KAMSC for Regional Tobacco Coordination and Action and Healthy Lifestyle Workers approx $500,000.00. DoHA COAG measures will also include training for Chronic Disease Self Management

2010-ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA COAG measure to undertake market research and local campaigns to promote health and wellbeing (National funding of $22,700,000.00

2009-2013

Agreed & Commenced

  • COAG Bilateral NPA on Food Security.

2009-on-going

Agreed & Commenced

 

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Work with the Halls Creek Health Reference Group to develop a strategy and implementation document to address gaps

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

4B: HEALTHY ACTIVITY

Lead- ROC/LOC

Co lead- Halls Creek health Reference Group

Partners-

DoHA

Department of Sport and Recreation

SoHC

KAMSC

WACHS

KDGP

FaHCSIA/ICC Kununurra

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of a comprehensive mapping of healthy sporting and recreational activities and facilities and provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group, this will include:
    • Programs, physical and non-physical recreation activity, employment positions, permanent and visiting services.
 

March 2010- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Creation of a Healthy Activity Strategy for Halls Creek aimed at improving uptake and access as it relates to health and wellbeing this will include:
    • establishing a locally situated Healthy Activity Coordinator position whom will work with the Halls Creek Health Reference Group to develop and manage and coordinate strategies
    • Coordination of Sport and recreational programs
    • Promotional and Communication strategies
    • Training and Education opportunities
    • Youth activities
    • Elder activities
    • Whole of family activity
    • Activities outside of school hours
 

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

Priority 5: Early identification and support for families at risk

Aim: Address the gaps in family supports that impact on health outcomes

Current Situation: Families in crisis do not have good access and uptake of health services

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Early Childhood, Safer Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

Lead- ROC/LOC

Partners:

Halls Creek Health Reference Group- co lead

Halls Creek Safer Communities Reference Group- co lead

SoHC

DoH

DCP

YYMS

Jungarni

St John of God

Women’s Refuge

Anglicare/Kinway

DoHA

FaHCSIA

DIA

WACHS

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of mapping of all family and child social support and intervention services and facilities available in or to Halls Creek.

Evidence indicates that delays in health treatments and poorer health outcomes exist for patients whom:

Have fewer years of education, have lower income, who are too afraid or embarrassed to ask for assistance.

Community members request the family support services gaps are addressed in order to address health

March-August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Undertake a promotional and awareness communication strategy to improve Community knowledge about support services available.

December 2010

Agreed future action

  • Work with the Halls Creek Health, Early Childhood and Safer Communities Reference Group to develop a project plan to address the gaps in support or intervention services required to support and assist at risk families, to include:
    • Permanent Halls Creek based resources/facilities, including a safe house/hostel type model
    • Crisis care available in Halls Creek, not out of town.
    • Education and training programs for families on strategies to address and avoid family issues placing families at risk
    • Local employment with agencies providing services into Halls Creek- including Government department in reach services
    • Department of Child Protection more proactive in Community- prevention of a crisis situation is the key
  • Cultural Awareness for people working with children and families in these situations

February 2011

Future Consideration

Priority 6: Develop a comprehensive Renal Plan for Halls Creek, this will include:

Aim:

  • Strategies that will address Halls Creek Community Renal Dialysis needs in Halls Creek Community and outside of Community
  • Development of a renal disease prevention plan.

Current Situation: Gaps in services, gaps in meeting community needs and poor coordination of existing services

Way Forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks:
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
6A: ACUTE RENAL NEEDS

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- LOC/ROC

Partners-

DoH

YYMS

Jungarni

DoHA

KAMSC

WACHS

FaHCSIA

DIA

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • ROC facilitated discussion with Community and service providers relating to renal dialysis

Community prioritised renal dialysis as one of the highest priorities for the Halls Creek Community

March- on-going

Agreed & Commenced

  • WACHS in process of developing a WACHS Regional Dialysis Plan and the KRAHPF have developed a Regional Renal Development Plan
  • YYMS and KAMSC renal planning to be considered

July-Sep 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY
  • Mapping of existing renal dialysis options accessed by Halls Creek renal dialysis patients, either in home, in Community or away from Halls Creek, provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group.

December 2010

Agreed future action

  • Arrange a Renal Dialysis Community Forum to disseminate, educate and promote awareness about current status quo for renal dialysis patients- existing renal dialysis operation managers, health department executives and professional involved in renal dialysis should be presenting in clear format.

December 2010

Future Consideration

  • Identify and review existing plans and service mapping documents, including:
    • KRAHPF Regional Renal Development Plan
    • KRSS Renal Service Mapping
    • WACHS Regional Dialysis Plan
    • KAMSC and YYMS Renal Plan

Feb 2011

Agreed future action

  • Complete a comprehensive identification of the issues, gaps and barriers to accessing renal dialysis treatments in home, in Community and away from Halls Creek, these will include:
    • Lack of Dialysis services within Halls Creek
    • Training and support services for renal dialysis patients and carers in Halls Creek
    • Support services for renal dialysis patients when accessing services outside of Halls Creek, including accommodation, transport and health service access
    • Linkages with health services on patient return to Community and follow up with patient, carer and family.

Feb 2011

Agreed future action

  • Develop a Halls Creek renal dialysis plan with strategies to address gaps, and resource requirements

March 2011

Future Consideration

6B: RENAL DISEASE PREVENTION

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- LOC/ROC

Partners-

DoH

YYMS

Jungarni

DoHA

FaHCSIA

DIA

KAMSC

WACHS

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Commenced ROC/LOC facilitated discussion with Community and service providers relating to renal dialysis

Community recognised the need for a prevention approach to stem need for dialysis

March- ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIONS

Mapping of existing renal disease prevention services and programs available in Halls Creek, provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

September 2010

Agreed future action

Identification of strategies required to improve prevention services to be

December 2010

Agreed future action

Development of a renal disease prevention plan including strategies and resource requirements.

Feb 2011

Agreed future action

Priority 7: Development of a comprehensive Halls Creek Child Health Plan, that will focus on:

Aim:

  • Addressing Foetal Alcohol Syndrome/Spectrum Disorder (FAS/D)
  • Improving holistic child health outcomes
Current Situation:
  • No existing FAS/D services or supports and a complex matrix of child health services and programs with poor coordination

Way Forward

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Early Childhood, Schooling
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
7A: FAS/D

Lead- ROC/LOC

Co lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners-

YYMS

Jungarni

DoHA

FaHCSIA

KAMSC

WACHS

KDGP

Anglicare/Kinway

DoE

CEO

DEEWR

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Commenced facilitated FAS/D discussions with Halls Creek Community and service providers
  • State COAG IECD 2 funding to Kimberly Population Health to develop antenatal DVD for region wide distribution $30,000
  • State COAG IECD 2 funding to KAMSC for Maternal and Child Health Program $730,589
  • State COAG IECD 2 funding to Drug and Alcohol Office for a Statewide FASD Prevention service/program

Community relay that there are no services and/or supports in place to deal with identification, treatment and support.

Halls Creek Community aware that Fitzroy Community addressing FAS/D

March 2010- ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

  • Commenced identification of lack of FAS/D services, programs, supports, finalising mapping of options available to Halls Creek.

March to August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Establish a meeting between the Halls Creek Community and the Lililwan FAS/D project in Fitzroy Crossing and undertake a Halls Creek Community FAS/D discussion

December 2010

Future Consideration

  • Development of a strategy that addresses FAS/D awareness and prevention as well as implementing programs for support and treatment, including:
    • Support for schools, teachers and parents

Health promotion campaign

February 2010

Future Consideration

7B: CHILD AND INFANT HEALTH

Lead- Halls Creek Health Committee

Co lead- ROC/LOC

Partners-

DoHA

YYMS

WACHS

KDGP

St John of God

DoH

DoE

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of mapping of existing child health services and programs available in Halls Creek, provide this information to the Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Aboriginal child mortality rate almost 3 times the State total.

Coordination, partnership approaches and value add models to service delivery will assist in addressing child health outcomes

March-August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • DoHA funded AHCWA Maternal and Child Health ACCHOs (including YYAMS) Strengths and Needs Analysis Report
  • State COAG IECD 3 funding to KAMSC for Yanan Ngurra – ngu Ngamayiu (Visiting Community Families Program) $456,162
  • State COAG IECD 3 funding to Child and Adolescent Community Health to provide a policy and workforce support to community child and family health service providers

2009/2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Identification of strategies required to improve local service delivery coordination and partnership planning between child health service providers.

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

  • Identify the gaps in child health service delivery and issues requiring strategy development to address.

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

  • Development of a Halls Creek child health plan, including strategies to address gaps in coordination, planning, service delivery, access, resources, local training and career development, staff recruitment and retention.

Feb 2010

Agreed future action

7C: SCHOOL HEALTH

Lead-Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- Halls Creek Schooling Reference Group

Partners-

LOC/ROC

DoHA

YYMS

St John of God

WACHS

KAMSC

KDGP

DoE

DoH, SDERA

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of mapping health/education service partnerships, current and identification of potentials

Enhancing school and health service partnerships will assist to develop a service that will respond to the needs of youth and children in schools.

March- Aug 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Commenced ROC facilitated discussions between schooling and health services and Halls Creek Health/Schooling Reference Groups.

ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Work with the Schools, Health Services and Halls Creek Health/Schooling Health Reference Groups to develop strategies to support linkages, relationships and partnerships around health education.

December 2010

Agreed future action

  • Ensure strategies for resource attainment and sustainability are included in plan

December 2010

Agreed future action

Priority 8: Improved delivery and access to Aged Care and Disability services

Aim: Address aged care and disability service gaps

Current Situation:

  • Gaps in service delivery, access and uptake of both aged care and disability services
  • Shire of Halls Creek has a Disability Access & Inclusion Plan
Way Forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Safe Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
8A: AGED CARE

Lead- ROC/LOC

Co lead-Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners-

Halls Creek residential and Community Aged Care services- co lead

FaHCSIA

DoHA

WACHS

KDGP

KACS-co lead

SoHC

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Completion of the comprehensive mapping of current aged care infrastructures, services and programs existing in or to the Halls Creek aged population, and provide this information to the Halls Creek health Reference Group

Community described extra assistances required for aged population with complex care/health needs and difficult care base environment

March 2010- August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Develop an Aged Care services and facilities strategic document that further describes gaps, priorities and strategies for improvement of aged care services to Halls Creek elderly.

December 2010

Agreed future action

Ensure the resource requirements and strategies to address these are outlined in document.

December 2010

Future Consideration

8B: DISABILITY SERVICES

Lead- ROC/LOC

Co lead-Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Partners-

Disability Service Commission

Halls Creek residential and Community Aged Care services

FaHCSIA

DoHA

WACHS

KDGP

SoHC

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Undertake a comprehensive mapping of current disability infrastructures, services and programs existing in or to the Halls Creek aged population, and provide this information to the Halls Creek health Reference Group

Community described little to no permanent disability support services located permanently in the Community

Dec 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Develop a disability services and facilities strategic document that further describes gaps, priorities and strategies for improvement of aged care services to Halls Creek elderly.

Dec 2010

Agreed future action

  • Ensure outline of required funding for disabilities services plan, including the operational resource and staff costs, infrastructure and staff accommodation needs

Dec 2010

Future Consideration

Priority 9: Development a Halls Creek Sexual Health Plan

Aim: Identify and address sexual health service needs in Halls Creek

Current Situation: A number of programs and services working without coordination and networks, some gaps in service delivery impacting on health outcomes

Way Forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Early Childhood, Schooling
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

Lead- Halls Creek Health Reference Group

Co lead- ROC/LOC

Partners-

Halls Creek Women’s Refuge

Headspace

YYMS

DoHA

DoH

FaHCSIA

WACHS

KDGP

St John of god

Anglicare/Kinway

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • Mapping of existing pre-pregnancy, sexual health, services, programs and investments existing or available to Halls Creek.
    • Outline resource and funding requirements to implement and ensure sustainability

Data shows that STIs and hepatitis C were more common among Aboriginal people than others in WA

Family planning and pre pregnancy health are pre cursors to healthy childbirth and child/paternal health outcomes

March-August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

  • Facilitate discussions between the Halls Creek Community, Government and service providers

March- ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

FUTURE ACTIVITY

  • Development of a Halls Creek pre-pregnancy, sexual health plan, with strategies including:
    • Sexual health education and programs
    • Links with schools sexual education programs
    • Use of health promotion and communication strategies
  • Support and wrap around services available

December 2010

Agreed future action

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Attachment A - Table 4

Economic participation building block

ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION: building wealthy communities

Economic participation is an important priority for the Halls Creek community. This is economic participation promotes independence, empowerment, improved self-esteem, growth and purpose.

Economic Participation has taken on a particular importance in recent times due to the lifting of the Remote Area Exemption under Welfare Reform. This means that community members receiving government benefits are required to satisfy mutual obligation requirements, through employment, training or education.

There are a number of businesses in Halls Creek, providing many of the services available in larger communities. Most of the businesses in Halls Creek are owned by non-Indigenous people and the community is very interested in increasing Indigenous ownership of businesses within the town. The economic growth areas in Halls Creek are pastoral, tourism, art and culture and conservation & land management. In 2015 the 99 year leases expire on properties so there are opportunities for diversification of leases.

There are three stages of the development of an economy in Indigenous communities. They are:

  1. Subsistence Economy
    This is a very basic economy where people are focussed on survival needs and the environment.

  2. Transitional Economy
    This type of economy relies heavily on government or external investment.

  3. Mainstream Market Economy
    This type of economy is where businesses within the economy are self-sustaining.

The aim of economic development is to move to a mainstream market economy within Halls Creek for most businesses and organisations.

Priority 1 – Training relevant to local jobs

Priority 2 - Improve employment opportunities i.e. more jobs

Aim: Ensure that Indigenous community members have the relevant skills to take on employment within the community, including basic skills such as life skills, work readiness, numeracy, literacy and computer skills as well as building on employment opportunities.

Current situation:

  • Bina-waji Nyurra-nga Aboriginal Corporation at Burke’s Park can provide training that develops young men to a point of job readiness for local jobs
  • Lack of knowledge on the training needs and employment opportunities in the community (some work has been done by EKCDEP)
  • EK CDEP is implementing a Community Action Plan which uses projects to deliver skills and work readiness training

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

4.1 The Indigenous working age population has the depth and breadth of skills to enable effective educational, labour market and social participation

4.2 Indigenous people of working age participate effectively in all sectors of the labour market

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Schooling, Healthy Homes, Safe Communities, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

FaHCSIA and DEEWR

JSAs (ITEC and Wunan/Job Futures), East Kimberley CDEP

TAFE

HCDHS

DTWD (partner)

SoHC

Development of Employment Strategy including analysis/audit of training needs and employment opportunities within Halls Creek, including analysis of future opportunities and directions for employment and training while building on existing assets within the community.

If CDEP positions are excluded the Indigenous employment rate in Halls Creek in 2006 was 23%

March 2011

Future Consideration

LOC

DIA

Development of Economic Development Strategy to:

  • Incorporate the three stages of economic development outlined below.
  • Look at specific economic aspirations eg roadhouse
  • Include existing economic plans and processes.
  • Map the upsides
  • Map the downsides
  • Consider the land use issues
 

March 2011

Future Consideration

EKCDEP

Implementation of Community Action Plan 2009-12 to improve the skills, capacity and work readiness of CDEP participants to engage in the mainstream economy, and to ensure that priorities identified for Halls creek are where possible addressed through ‘community development’ projects within CDEP.

Current Activity: Capital purchased. Community development workers, mentors and training coordinator employed

 

2009-12

Agreed & Commenced

Priority 3: Indigenous Business Enterprise

Aim: Increase the number of Indigenous-owned businesses, including appropriate support.

Current situation:

  • Many of the businesses in Halls Creek are not Indigenous-owned.
  • Reports that business proposals do not get approved by the Shire for one reason or another.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

4.1 The Indigenous working age population has the depth and breadth of skills to enable effective educational, labour market and social participation

4.2 Indigenous people of working age participate effectively in all sectors of the labour market

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks:
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

IBA

DEEWR

SoHC

Dept of Commerce

Look at ways to increase the number of Indigenous-owned businesses in Halls Creek as well as ways of Indigenous people taking advantage of businesses when they are put up for sale.

Community is very interested in increasing Indigenous ownership of businesses in the town.

April 2011

Future Consideration

Priority 4: Bus Service to communities

Aim: Provide bus service to communities

Current situation: There are limited transport options for people coming into the Halls Creek service hub for shopping, health appointments and work. This poses added safety issues at night.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

4.1 The Indigenous working age population has the depth and breadth of skills to enable effective educational, labour market and social participation

4.2 Indigenous people of working age participate effectively in all sectors of the labour market

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Safe Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

Further investigate need for bus service and viability of operating a bus. Investigate funding sources.

Lack of transportation limits people’s ability to participate in education, training, employment and other economic activities.

December 2010

Future Consideration

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Attachment A - Table 5

Healthy Homes building block

HEALTHY HOMES: investing in better housing

The majority of houses in Halls Creek are social housing with a small percentage of privately owned dwellings. The majority of privately-owned dwellings are occupied by their owners, therefore there is a limited number of private rentals available in the town. The state-owned houses vary from one-bedroom units to four-bedroom homes.

The community has shown dissatisfaction regarding repairs and maintenance to homes for several years. Many community members also recognise the mutual obligation surrounding housing repairs and maintenance. This means that while the Department of Housing (Housing) is obligated to provide timely responses to maintenance and repair requests, the tenant also has an obligation to keep the house clean and not cause unfair wear and tear through negligence.

Land tenure is a significant issue, with very little land available for private purchase, and Native Title is still to be resolved in Halls Creek. Until such time that the issues are resolved and land is available for private purchase, Indigenous residents of Halls Creek will remain dependent upon social housing and rentals.

A further significant consideration in regards to Healthy Homes is the issues surrounding ALT land, which make it difficult for the Department of Housing to provide housing on this land and for the Shire of Halls Creek to deliver municipal services. The difficulties in supplying these services have a significant impact on the environmental health of the communities on ALT land.

The Aboriginal Housing Legislation Amendment Act 2010 was recently passed through parliament and comes into effect on 1 July 2010. The Act makes amendments to the Housing Act 1980, and allows Aboriginal communities to enter into a Housing Management Agreement (HMA) with the Department of Housing – effectively appointing the Department (or its agent) to provide housing management services. This also means that the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 can be applied to all tenancies at remote Aboriginal communities. This application of the RTA provides increased protection for tenants in that properties must be maintained to a reasonable standard, but also increased responsibilities with regard to paying rent and keeping the property clean and free from damage.

HMAs also meet the funding requirements of the Commonwealth under the Remote Indigenous Housing National Partnership agreement, which states that the State must have control and access to the land for a 40 year period, and must provide tenancy management under a public housing like model. In July, Housing is commencing HMA negotiations with 34 priority communities who are earmarked for capital works in the 2010-2011 program. The negotiations include liaising with Native Title Bodies, the ALT, Community Elders & Residents and the Community Council to ensure that all stakeholders are fully informed and have the opportunity to consider the HMA.

Priority 1: Men’s Place

Aim: A place for men to go to access services and take time-out. Current situation: With the introduction of the alcohol restrictions this has become a very important priority Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

5.1 Indigenous children’s living environments are healthy

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Safe Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC/ROC (lead)

SoHC

Housing

Health Services DoHA

BLP

Engage with men in the community to ascertain what was meant by a “men’s place” and what services should be offered. Investigate suitable venue for men’s place. Local men have expressed the need for such a facility where they can access services and take time-out in a comfortable environment. November 2010 Future Consideration

LOC/ROC (lead)

DOH

Health Services DoHA

SoHC

Investigate possible locations for a men’s place and possible services to be offered. November 2010 Future Consideration

Priority 2: Aboriginal Hostel

Aim: Establish a venue for Indigenous people visiting Halls Creek to stay. This would assist in decreasing overcrowding.

Current situation:

  • Currently people from other communities come to Halls Creek to access health services and other services and facilities and put extra pressure on an already strained housing situation. If Halls Creek is to be developed as a hub community an Aboriginal hostel needs serious consideration.
  • Consultations have already been undertaken regarding the establishment of an Aboriginal Hostel in Halls Creek.
  • Shire of Halls Creek is currently progressing this priority and is attempting to identify land for this purpose.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

5.1 Indigenous children’s living environments are healthy

5.3 People have improved housing amenity and reduced overcrowding

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Safe Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

SoHC (lead)

LOC/ROC

DoHA

Housing

Identify funding sources in order to undertake a scoping exercise/feasibility study for an Aboriginal Hostel in Halls Creek; including operational requirements and costs, where the hostel would be built, how much to charge, cultural considerations and broader viability concerns. To reduce overcrowding. August 2010 Agreed future action

Priority 3: Environmental health improvements and education

Aim: Improve environmental health conditions and raise awareness of environmental health issues

Current situation:

  • Ongoing problems with servicing ALT land
  • Community suggested Tenant Creek model as a good practice education model for environmental health
  • Housing will be providing life skills training, which will incorporate some environmental health issues
  • Reports by community that sewerage ponds sitting on the water table
  • Sewerage problems in communities outside the town area including blockages and problems with septic tanks. Suggestion that these communities be connected to town sewerage
  • Current situation of water use and storage not sustainable
  • A syndicate of infrastructure and non-infrastructure agencies are funding a project that will take an integrated approach to sustainable infrastructure planning in Halls Creek. The lead consultant for the project will be Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd who has developed a methodology known as the Sustainable Infrastructure Decision Model. Syrinx reports were recently submitted to the Shire and the information will be fed back to the community at an up-coming Community Forum

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

5.1 Indigenous children’s living environments are healthy

5.2 Indigenous families live in appropriate housing with access to all basic utilities

5.3 People have improved housing amenity

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Safe Communities, Land, Language & Culture
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC/ROC (co-lead)

SoHC (co-lead)

Housing

Health Services

Water Corporation

Develop an environmental health strategy that looks at the issues that the community has raised around environmental health, including; animal management, pest control, housing maintenance and rubbish disposal. Healthy living environments are critical to satisfactory health outcomes. February 2011 Agreed & Commenced

LOC/ROC (co-lead)

SoHC (co-lead)

Housing

Health Services

Water Corporation

Development of a sustainable strategy around sewerage, water (including waste water) use and storage. Engage with Syrinx to ensure that they are looking at important issues raised by the community as part of their project and consulting with community members. Also ensure appropriate housing designs are implemented to reduce overcrowding, which can cause environmental health issues. Healthy living environments are critical to satisfactory health outcomes.   Agreed & Commenced

Priority 4: Home Ownership

Aim: Raise awareness of options for home ownership and what it entails.

Current situation:

  • Community are not fully aware of the options for home ownership and what owning a home entails; i.e. repairs and maintenance costs, mortgage costs etc.
  • Complaints from the community that house prices are over-inflated.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

5.4 Indigenous people have the same housing opportunities as other people

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Safe Communities, Health
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

ROC (lead)

LOC

Housing

IBA

Keystart

Facilitate discussions around the development of an awareness campaign for the responsibilities of home ownership. Awareness sessions to start with Housing Reference Group. Community members are fully informed about what home ownership entails On-going Future Consideration

Lead: DIA WA Australia

Co-leads: FaHCSIA

Partners: Department of Housing WA

Partners: Department of Premier and Cabinet WA

Partners: Housing Committee, SoHC

CURRENT ACTIVITY

  • National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing; Land Tenure Reform. Progressive resolution of land tenure issues to ensure adequate protection of housing assets and to facilitate future economic development and home ownership opportunities for Indigenous people.
2008 - 2013 Agreed & Commenced

Priority 5: More housing for NGOs and other organisations with staff in the community

Aim: To increase the number of homes in Halls Creek to house NGO and other staff.

Current situation:

  • This has been an on-going problem, which has been raised with the LAC and Co-ordinator General’s office by organisations within Halls Creek.
Way forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Safe Communities, Health
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

Housing

Stakeholder organisations

Gauge the level of need for extra houses for NGO and other staff and facilitate discussions and actions between relevant parties to ensure the need is met. Service staff are appropriately housed within Halls Creek. On-going Future Consideration

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Attachment A -Table 6

Safe communities building block

SAFE COMMUNITIES: keeping families safe

Safe Communities is a very important building block for the people of Halls Creek. It has been noted by people within the community that safety has improved since the introduction of the alcohol restrictions. There are, however, still concerns around housing, discrimination, drugs and alcohol and road conditions. The community have expressed particular concern about safety and security within their homes and have called for additional safety measures for their houses as well as responsive property maintenance when a repair is required that compromises the safety of the occupants, particularly if the occupants are children.

The need for cross-cultural awareness training, prepared and delivered at a local level has been expressed on numerous occasions to overcome structural and institutional discrimination within the community.

Priority 1: Housing repairs & maintenance

Aim:

  • Include single person’s unit dwellings in future home building program.
  • Put security screens on windows and doors to alleviate break-ins and vandalism
  • Introduction of power cards to Halls Creek town area
  • Front fencing of yards to keep children and toddlers safe from road traffic
  • Landscaping yards
  • Responsive maintenance

Current situation:

  • Department of Housing (Housing) put security screens on all new houses and refurbished houses in the town area of Halls Creek
  • Preliminary discussions with Housing indicate that the Department is open to the prospect of safety screening houses, particularly those with children in residence, however the cost of providing this service is currently prohibitive.
  • All housing new-builds will have front fences as per Shire regulations.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

6.2 - Indigenous children and parents are afforded basic protective security from violence and neglect

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health, Safe Communities.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

Housing

Liaise with Housing to ensure that single person’s dwellings are included in future Public Housing Construction Program.

*Housing has agreed to include 6 single person’s dwellings in next Construction Program.

Housing is safe and appropriate to the needs of the tenants

July 2010

Agreed & commenced

Housing (lead)

LOC

Housing to assess real demand for single person’s dwellings

December 2010

Future Consideration

LOC (lead)

Housing

Facilitate on-going discussions with Housing regarding security screening and seek a funding source for security screens.

Preliminary discussions commenced.

On-going

Agreed & Commenced.

LOC (lead)

Housing

Facilitate discussions with Housing to conduct a feasibility study on the use of power cards within the town area of Halls Creek, including whether it is possible (through Horizon energy) to have power cards and how many people want this service.

Housing is affordable

March 2011

Agreed & Commenced preliminary discussions

LOC/ROC (lead)

Housing, DEEWR

East Kimberley CDEP

Wunan/Job Futures

DTWD (partners)

Facilitate and co-ordinate discussions for CDEP workers and unemployed to be trained in fencing front yards. Seek funding source for materials and supervisor/trainer.

Preliminary discussions with Housing, CDEP and JSAs commenced.

 

September 2010

Agreed & Commenced preliminary discussions.

Priority 2: Reconciliation (conflict resolution in all sections of the community)

Aim:

Eliminate structural and institutional racism so that people can feel safe. Conflict resolution between all sections of the community; bring community together as a whole.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

6.2 – Indigenous children and parents are afforded basic protective security from violence and neglect

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health (healing), Leadership & Governance, Land, Language & Culture.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

DIA

Police

AJA

Ensure development of Reconciliation Action Plan, including conflict resolution and mediation to eliminate discrimination, encourage proactive policing as well as encouraging events that bring community together.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

ROC co-funding PRK Radio to organise Halls Creek Music Festival

To bring Halls Creek residents together and build a shared pride in Indigenous culture and history.

Current / Ongoing

Agreed & Commenced.

ROC (lead)

Co-ordinate discussions and planning around cross-cultural awareness training in Halls Creek with an aim to introducing cross-cultural awareness for employees in Halls Creek.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Preliminary discussions with service providers commenced.

Ongoing

Agreed & Commenced

LOC (lead)

Raise community awareness of current avenues for racism complaints through awareness campaign. Investigate options for local avenue for complaints/advocator.

 

TBD

Future Consideration

AJA (Lead)

LOC & ROC

Justice Department to investigate potential for Aboriginal Mediation Service to assist the community with conflict management and mediation.

Break the cycles of violence and assist Indigenous children and families to be safe.

Reduce over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

To be negotiated

Future Consideration

AJA (lead)

LOC

ROC

Review of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement with an aim to its successful implementation in the community.

Justice department to continue the development and implementation of the AJA Local Justice Agreements in existing AJA locations, as an integrated part of the COAG RSD initiative

2010 -- 2014

Agreed & Commenced

Priority 3: Bitumen Tanami Road & Duncan Highway

Aim: Ensure the condition of the Tanami Road & Duncan Highway is improved to reduce the incidence of road accidents & wear and tear on vehicles as well as benefiting from improved economic outcomes. Sealing the roads is a very long-term aim, however, there are strategies that can be implemented in the short and medium-term to improve the conditions of the roads and work towards the long-term aim.

Current situation:

  • In December 2009 the Shire of Halls Creek undertook an Economic Impact Study for an Upgrade of the Tanami Road. The study found that there were would be significant economic advantages to sealing this road.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

SoHC (lead)

LOC

AGs

HCDHS

Support Shire in implementing a plan to attract funding to improve the condition of the Tanami Road beginning with the goal of having the road recognised as an important interstate road.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Shire has initiated action through an Economic Impact study.

Significant economic advantages are anticipated through easier access to the town.

On-going

Agreed & Commenced

ROC (lead)

LOC

SoHC

Consideration be given to undertaking an impact study for the Duncan Highway.

On-going

Future Consideration

Priority 4: Youth Services

Aim: Improve and increase the number of programs for youth and supply transport service to assist youth to attend activities.

Current situation:

  • The Shire of Halls Creek delivers most of the Youth services in the community, although currently Shire only have a duty of care for 12-18 year olds and this duty of care ends at the gate.
  • It was noted that there is a gap in services and programs for 5-12 year olds. When the community refer to youth they refer to “young” people, including those under 12, so any resolutions need to take this into account.
  • The children find it difficult to get to and from activities.
  • The Shire has partnered with FaHCSIA, AGD and HCDHS to improve the quality, quantity and coordination of a range of services and activities for young people in the community (and throughout the Shire) called the East Kimberley Youth Services Network. (under the EK Petrol Sniffing Implementation Plan), which includes funding for coordination of youth services and additional positions. The project has been constrained by lack of housing and lack of a youth services building in which to co-locate providers.
  • The chronic staff housing shortage has limited the number of youth workers that can be located in Halls Creek

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

6.1 Alcohol and substance abuse among Indigenous people is addressed

6.2 Indigenous children and parents are afforded basic protective security from violence and neglect

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health, Schooling, Economic Participation, Land, Language & Culture.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

SoHC (lead)

LOC

AGD

HCDHS

DEEWR

Youth Connections

FaHCIA (Kununurra ICC)

Facilitate co-ordination of youth services ensuring that community have input into the type of services being offered. Ensure that Shire better communicate “duty of care” regulations for Youth Workers. Support Shire with facilitating resources for youth services into Halls Creek

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Under Youth Services Network coordination funding has been obtained and Shire is finalising Youth Services Strategy.

Community members identified the need for better coordination of youth services.

On-going

Agreed & Commenced

LOC (lead)

ROC

AGs Department

SoHC

Explore ways to include 5-12 year olds in services; including better resources to better deliver services to age cohorts. Explore funding sources for sport and recreation officer.

Community members noted a gap in services for 5-10 year olds. At 2007 approx. 12% of Indigenous residents in Halls Creek were aged 0-4years.

On-going

Future Consideration

LOC (lead)

ROC

SoHC

Undertake analysis of under-utilised bus services within the community and seek options for providing transport for youth to attend youth programs.

Children find it difficult to get to and from activities.

November 2010

Future Consideration

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Attachment A -Table 7

Governance and Leadership building block

GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP: empowering communities

In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between all levels of Government to work with Indigenous communities to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

A key objective of the subsequent National Partnership agreement on Remote Service Delivery is to “improve the level of governance and leadership within Indigenous communities and Indigenous community organisations”

The general principle adopted in partnership development in Halls Creek has been that the existing Governance structures need strengthening and enhancing and that a framework will be developed and implemented to achieve this.

The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery provides some $67.7 million for the life of the agreement (2013-2014) for Building Community Governance Capacity (spread amongst the 29 RSD sites)

Halls Creek Context

Halls Creek does not have a strong, co-ordinated governance structure meaning that policy has typically been developed without satisfactory participation by Halls Creek community members. This has resulted in a lack of community acceptance of some programs and services implemented in Halls Creek, causing funds to be misdirected and reduced sustainability of outcomes. The development of a strong governance structure will ensure that Halls Creek community members participate in the design of programs and services and that these services are co-ordinated and targeted to the right people. NGOs and Aboriginal Corporations that operate within the community do have existing governance structures, however, feedback from these organisations indicate that they would also like assistance with strengthening governance within their own organisations.

Halls Creek has a number of strong leaders who are called upon on a regular basis to become involved in community consultation processes. While this core group remain eager to stay involved in such activities, it is important to develop more leaders within the community to widen this group to avoid burn-out. The next level of potential leaders include people who are interested in becoming involved but lack the confidence and skills to do so. This important group of people include women, men and young people.

The major aim of providing support to and improving leadership and governance within Halls Creek is to move from a model of community consultation to one of community decision-making, where community members make decisions on policy, service and programs that affect their daily lives. Through moving to such a model, the mechanisms will be in place whereby policy-makers are expected to engage with community through a strong governance structure that includes the structure that will be developed through this process, which will complement and strengthen the existing structure in the community through NGOs and Aboriginal Corporations.

During the Leadership and Governance solutions workshop held on June 9, 2010 the attendees agreed to a formal governance structure that includes a reference group for each of the eight building blocks. Membership of the reference groups will include a member from each area within the Halls Creek town region as well as one representative from each service provider relevant to the building block. Agreement was also made that one service provider and one community member from each reference group would sit on the Advisory Group. Over time the Halls Creek community has also expressed the desire for elders, Traditional Owners, language groups and representatives from the Stolen Generation to be given more power through a formal governance structure. Most recently this desire was expressed through KALAC and the LOC’s consultations, with suggestions that the Elders Reference Group that existed in the past be re-established. This community desire will also be incorporated into the formal governance structure.

Detailed below are the Leadership and Governance priorities as nominated by the community through workshops, the Halls Creek Community Forum, the household survey and other interviews.

Priority 1: Community Centre

Aim:

Provision of a designated community centre suitable as a meeting/gathering place. This would bring the community together to assist with community cohesion as well as alleviate boredom, which is responsible for many of the problems in the community including alcohol and drug abuse.

Current situation:

Currently there is no formal community gathering place that is run by the community. There are services run by various organisations to include community members, however, these activities are decentralised and there’s a push for them to be more centralised.

Way Forward:

COAG Outcome: 7.1 – Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Health & Safe Communities.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC/ROC (lead)

SoHC

NGOs

Better Life Project

Engage with community to ascertain what was meant by a community centre and what type of activities they would like offered. Search for suitable venue.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Preliminary discussions between LOC & Shire.

Community members have expressed the desire for a formal, centralised and community-run gathering place.

August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

LOC/ROC (lead)

SoHC

NGOs

Engage with community organisations to see what services they could deliver at a community centre.

November 2010

Future Consideration

Priority 2: Improved Art & Cultural Focus for Halls Creek

Aim: Provision of a Centre to display, record, teach and preserve local art and culture.

Current situation:

  • There is an initiative that involves re-establishing Yarliyil Art Centre in Halls Creek to facilitate best practice production and marketing of Aboriginal art for Halls Creek Aboriginal artists. The initiative is supported by mentoring from the Arts Commercialisation Strategy and funding support partners include DEWHA, Dept Culture and the Arts, Country Arts WA, and Royalties for Regions (Pending). The enterprise will provide significant self employment opportunities for Halls Creek Aboriginal artists and also increase tourist retention in Halls Creek benefiting the entire community. The art centre development is a partnership between Yarliyil Art Centre and the Shire of Halls Creek with support from Kimberley Language and Resource Centre. The Royalties for Regions funding application is pending due to feedback that they would like to see more of a financial commitment from government.
  • Currently the Yarliyil Arts Centre does not have the structures in place to auspice its own funds, which means that various organisations hold funds for Yarliyil that they are able to access.
  • The Shire has recently employed an Arts Development Officer.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome: 7.1 – Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Land, Language & Culture.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

KLRC

SoHC

DEWHA

Yarliyil Arts Centre

Investigate possible funding sources for arts centre building. Ensure organised and co-ordinated approach across agencies and Shire; also ensure that community needs are fulfilled in the design and operation of the centre.

Facilitate discussions around building a plan to build the capacity of Yarlyil in arts centre management and marketing.

Connecting the way government agencies work in remote areas and developing community capacity

August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

LOC (lead)

DEWHA

KLRC

SoHC

Yarliyil Arts Centre

Facilitate discussions between DEWHA and community to explain the process and expectations in relation to the funding they are providing.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Preliminary discussions with DEWHA commenced on issues.

Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation.

September 2010

Agreed & Commenced

Priority 3: Cultural Governance & formation and strengthening of formal governance structure for Halls Creek

Aim: Enhancement and development of a more structured and formal governance structure in Halls Creek with representation from elders, traditional owners, language groups, stolen generation, service providers (incl. NGOs and Aboriginal Corporations) and the broader community. Ensure that cultural protocols are taken into consideration and that the process is respected and adhered to.

Current situation:

  • Advisory Group that includes service provider and broader community membership
  • Halls Creek Community Forum open to all members of the community to attend
  • Some reference groups already established for building blocks that include service provider and broader community membership
  • Expressed community desire through solutions workshops and KALACC to improve involvement of traditional owners, elders and stolen generation in decision-making

Way Forward:

COAG outcome

7.1 Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation

7.2 Indigenous communities are represented through credible consultation/governance mechanisms

7.3 Governments work together effectively in remote areas

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: All.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

Establishment of reference groups for each building block.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

A Reference Groups has been established for Healthy Homes and nominations have been called for Health.

Indigenous communities are represented through credible governance mechanisms.

End-August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

KLC (lead)

DIA

SoHC

Resolve land issues; including native title, tenure, authority

CURRENT ACTIVITY

LAC now participates in Land Meetings

On-going

Agreed & Commenced

KALACC (lead)

KLRC

KLC

ROC

SoHC

Facilitate the establishment of an Elders Reference Group to improve Indigenous law and culture to that meets whenever required as part of the formal process.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Preliminary discussions with Elders have taken place by KALACC

November 2010

Agreed & Commenced

ROC/LOC

Facilitate a process to bring people together for civic participation and decision-making around service delivery (an agreed way of working together). Strong focus on mediation and conflict resolution

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Early-stage Governance structure in place, working towards enhancing structure and building capacity.

December 2010

Agreed & Commenced

Priority 4: Reconciliation (eliminate discrimination and ensure community members are not excluded from decision-making)

Aim: Eliminate structural and institutional racism so that community members are not excluded from decision-making regarding mainstream programs and services as well as being considered for employment opportunities. Conflict resolution between all sections of the community.

Way Forward

COAG Outcome:

7.1 Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation

7.2 Indigenous communities are represented through credible consultation/governance mechanisms

7.3 Governments work together effectively in remote areas

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Economic Participation, Health (healing), Safe Communities, Land, Language & Culture.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC (lead)

DIA

Development of Reconciliation Action Plan to eliminate racism and discrimination

Eliminate structural and institutional racism to ensure community members are included in decisions on mainstream programs and services and considered for employment opportunities.

March 2011

Future Consideration

ROC (lead)

Co-ordinate discussions and planning around cross-cultural awareness training in Halls Creek (possibly competency-based)

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Preliminary discussions have been held with possible service providers.

August 2010

Agreed & Commenced

LOC (lead)

Raise awareness of current avenues for racism complaints. Investigate options for local avenue for complaints/advocator.

November 2010

Future Consideration

Priority 5: Leadership Development including Youth Leadership Development

Aim: Strengthen leadership and governance structures within community, including strengthening NGOs and Aboriginal Corporations.

Current situation:

  • ROC has provided funding for the provision of Governance and Leadership development within Halls Creek.
  • SoHC Youth Workers currently undertake leadership activities with girls, including leadership camps.

Way forward:

COAG Outcome:

7.1 Indigenous communities are empowered to participate in policy making and program implementation

7.2 Indigenous communities are represented through credible consultation/governance mechanisms

7.3 Governments work together effectively in remote areas

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Safe Communities, Economic Participation, Land, Language & Culture.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

ROC (lead)

KLC

DEEWR

KALACC

SoHC

Develop Kimberley-wide leadership training package tailored to local needs with local input into design and content. Package to include training, mentoring and decision-making programs.

 

December 2010

Future Consideration

LOC (lead)

Engage consultant to undertake governance development with community members in the interim.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Quotes sought for a delivery of services using funding available through Leadership & Governance funding pool

 

September 2010

Agreed & Commenced

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Attachment A - Table 8

Land, Language and Culture

Land, culture and language is extremely important to Indigenous people. It is the basis for life itself. It is important therefore that these three elements be taken into consideration when planning for all services, programs and initiatives for Indigenous people. The loss and destruction of ties with land impinges on health, with the escalating problems of chronic disease manifesting through a shift in lifestyle patterns. Scientists such as Dr Keren O’Dea and others have proven through research and studies that Indigenous Australians are biologically conditioned to consuming foods native to the Australian bush. This means that access to land for traditional food access is essential in the push for improved chronic health status amongst Halls Creek’s Indigenous residents.

The land is sacrosanct to the Indigenous Australians. People traditionally lived on their ancestral grounds, which are small portions of land within a larger land mass peculiar to one language group. These ancestral grounds were passed on over thousands of years, they have special birth places, special burial places, men’s sacred sites and women’s sacred sites which are equivalent to special places of the non-Indigenous such as churches, cemeteries and places of significance like the Opera House and Kings Park.

Community members feel that Australian people in authority have not given the correct measure of respect to the people and their land, and developments and mines have desecrated many homelands and all therein.

Indigenous languages inherently contain traditional ecological knowledge and an understanding of biodiversity and sustainable land management practice. As such, maintaining language is fundamental in the environmental protection and conservation of the landscape, as well as providing the knowledge that supports the sustainable harvest of traditional food which will lead to a healthier Indigenous population.

Language and culture is still of high importance to many and if we do not take steps to preserve the remaining language and culture it will be lost as we have seen in the southern and eastern areas of Australia.

The Kimberley Language Resource Centre is the regional peak body for Aboriginal languages. It has a governing body consisting of representatives from across the region. The administrative base of the organisation is Halls Creek, thus giving the opportunity to bring regional and national perspectives on language and knowledge revival and maintenance to the town.

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre met with some Elders of Halls Creek 18/05/2010 at the Kimberley Language Resource Centre to discuss the possibilities of a model for an Elders Reference Group for Halls Creek. There will be a further meeting to decide how this model may look and what powers they will have over governance and leadership decisions.

Priority 1: Teaching on Country

Aim: To support the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and language associated with country. Teaching On Country encompasses more than visits to country. While the transfer of this knowledge on country to young children is essential to ensure the continuation of language and knowledge, Teaching On Country also creates opportunities for employment, education and training. It relates to cultural and natural resource management (caring for country) e.g. Ranger Programs. It relates to schooling e.g. language teachers, appropriate English as Second language programs, development of cultural aspects of the curriculum. It relates to economic participation e.g. small business development in tourism, interpreting, cross-cultural training. It relates to health and social and emotional wellbeing e.g. healthy eating, healing on country, integration of traditional and western medicines. It relates to the Bringing Them Home recommendations regarding Stolen Generation families and their return to country. It relates to justice e.g. Yiriman youth diversion programs. It relates to Governance in that it strengthens the leadership of elders and ensures that youth leadership is appropriately supported.

Current situation: The KLRC has a model developed over the last 4 years to support the knowledge transmission aspects of supporting Teaching On Country. They also have a model to assist schools to integrate Aboriginal knowledge into the curriculum. The KLC and DEC have successful Ranger programs in place, but support has not as yet been provided to the immediate Halls Creek area. Yura Yungi has programs which support integrated health initiatives and social and emotional wellbeing, including for the Stolen Generations.

Way forward:

Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: All.
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status
KLRC (lead), KALACC, KLC, LOC, Shire of Halls Creek, DEEWR, DEWHA, DEC, Halls Creek DHS, Yura Yungi, TAFE, CEO, DoE

Initial meeting of stakeholders and community is required to establish what aspect of Teaching On Country needs to be prioritised and what existing programs can be strengthened.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

Commitment by KLRC to coordinate the process with funding to come from another source

To support the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and language associated with country. October 2010 Agreed & Commenced

Priority 2: KLC Office located in Halls Creek

Aim: A KLC office located in Halls Creek to provide better services to Halls Creek residents and support Kimberley Stolen Generation with Link-Up.

Current situation:

  • Forty percent of the Kimberley Stolen Generation lives in Halls Creek, these people have special needs from the KLC.
Way forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Land, Language and Culture, Economic Participation, Leadership & Governance
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

LOC/ROC (co-lead)

KLC

LOC to speak with KLC to determine the process of establishing an office in Halls Creek.

Preliminary discussions with the KLC indicate they are open to an office being established in Halls Creek.

To provide easier access to support for members of the Stolen Generations. August 2010 Future Consideration

Priority 3: Cross-cultural Awareness Training

Aim: Provision of cross-cultural awareness training for people working within Halls Creek to understand the environment they are working in and the people they are working with.

Current situation:

  • Concerns in the Halls Creek Indigenous community around institutional and systematic racism.
  • Some organisations to provide such training to staff, however, there is a call for the training to be more wide-spread and include all organisations.
Way forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Leadership & Governance, Economic Participation, Schooling, Early Childhood, Healthy Homes, Save Communities
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

ROC (lead)

LOC

Seek organisation to deliver cross-cultural awareness training as well as seeking broad community participation in training. To bring Halls Creek residents together and build a shared pride in Indigenous culture and history. September 2010 Agreed future action

Priority 4 Land matters – including excisions for Stolen Generation and Traditional Owners

Aim: Make use of these parcels of land in a way that meets the wishes of the Stolen Generation and Traditional Owners

Current situation:

  • In 2003 the Minister for Land (Alannah MacTiernan) allocated a parcel of land north of Halls Creek for the Moola Bulla Stolen Generation and a parcel of land south of Halls Creek for Traditional Owners. Assistance is now sought to make use of this land.
Way forward:
Links with other Closing the Gap Building Blocks: Land, Language & Culture, Health
Lead and partners Actions Rationale Timeline Status

DIA (lead)

ROC/LOC

KLC

SoHC

Facilitate discussion with all stakeholders to; a) ensure that the community are aware of how this work is progressing & b) to ensure that community wishes are taken on board for use of land. To ensure community members are aware of progress and their wishes are considered. January 2010 Future Consideration

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Attachment B - Local Implementation plan sign off

We have all had our say in what goes into this Plan. We have talked together at meetings and we have listened to each other.

In the Plan you will see your aspirations for your communities and what we will do together to achieve those aspirations to close the gap.

Community members, Aboriginal Corporations and other representative individuals and groups together with the Commonwealth Government, Western Australia State Government, Local Government and non-government agencies will work together.

The Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Agreement requires a two-way commitment:

  • From governments and their staff – to cooperate to put in place the resources and planning for better infrastructure and services and to develop the capacity of individuals, communities and local service providers
  • From the community and community members – to work with government to improve the community and to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, in particular the health, safety and education of their children.

Together we will see improved access to a better standard and range of culturally inclusive services, simpler access to coordinated government services, increased economic and social participation, and improved governance and leadership.

By signing this Plan we agree to keep talking with each other to make sure our Plan is achieving the targets we have set and that we will work together to close the gap. We agree that it is not a final Plan but is a ‘living’ document that will change as time goes on.

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Attachment C - Halls creek Community Profile

The information contained below was largely collected during 2009 but also relates to earlier points in time (in particular, the 2006 Census).

Background Community Information

People

  • The population of Halls Creek in 2006 was estimated to have been 1,335 of whom 1,092 (82%) were Indigenous.
  • Nearly 40% of the 2006 Indigenous population was aged under 20 years.
  • Assuming that the current fertility and mortality patterns will continue into the future and that there are no significant population movements to or from Halls Creek, the Indigenous population of Halls Creek is projected to grow from 1092 in 2006, by nearly 40% to 1,515 by 2026.
  • The Aboriginal people of the Halls Creek area are the Kija and Jaru people.

Geography

  • Halls Creek is situated along the Great Northern Highway, on the edges of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts,
  • As well as the main community of Halls Creek, there are 65 Aboriginal communities within the Shire of Halls Creek that may use services located in Halls Creek.

Community Strengths

Language

  • Approximately 28 languages are spoken within the shire. The Aboriginal people of the area are the Kija and Jaru people and the main languages spoken are Kriol, Jaru, Kija, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri, Kukatja, Wanyjirra and Ngardi.

Economic development

  • The presence of Wunan, an Aboriginal development organisation, has been identified by the Coordinator General as an economic development strength.
  • Argyle Diamond Mine is two hours drive from Halls Creek and provides employment opportunities for community members.

Infrastructure and Facilities

  • There is a range of recreational and sporting facilities in Halls Creek, including a comprehensive aquatic and recreation complex, basketball courts, a football field, established sporting associations and programs including a football academy, golf course, race course and rodeo grounds.
  • The power supply system and roads meet Base Level Standards in Halls Creek

Education

  • The percentages of tested students who achieved national minimum standards in NAPLAN tests at Halls Creek District High School were generally similar or higher than the percentages in statistically similar schools, although significantly lower than national averages.
  • There is a strong focus on attendance at Halls Creek, with several initiatives beginning to make headway. School attendance at Halls Creek District High School in 2009 was over 65 % for years 1 to 10.
  • The Halls Creek Football Academy is a Sporting Chance Program currently working to support the engagement of 55 Indigenous boys in schooling, to improve their education, training, and employment outcomes.

Challenges facing the Community

Employment

  • The employment rate in Halls Creek in 2006 was just over 40% of Indigenous people aged 15-64. This is similar to the national Indigenous employment rate of 42%.
  • However, if this rate is adjusted so that CDEP positions are not considered as employment, the Indigenous employment rate in 2006 would have been 23 %.

Youth

  • The Shire of Halls Creek has the youngest average population and is the fourth fastest growing Shire in Western Australia. The Halls Creek population has a young age profile, with one-fifth of the Halls Creek Indigenous population being aged between 15 and 24 years.
  • Attainment of either year 12 or Certificate II or higher post school qualifications by Indigenous 20- to 24-year-olds in Halls Creek was 35 % in 2006, well below the national Indigenous attainment rate of 47 %.
  • 18% of Indigenous youth aged 15-24 year olds were engaged in full time study or employment in Halls Creek, compared to the state-wide Indigenous rate of 38 % (2006 census).
Health
  • Preventable and avoidable illness rates are high in Halls Creek SLA, at three times the national rate. Unemployment and overcrowding play a significant role in influencing health need and outcomes in Halls Creek.
  • Age-standardised rates of hospital separation in Halls Creek SLA were higher for Indigenous people than other Australians nationally, for most principal diagnoses. The greatest disparity was for separations for assault.
  • The Indigenous age-specific fertility rate to mothers aged 15-19 in Halls Creek (134.5 per 1,000 women) was nearly 8 times the total Australian population rate (16.9 per 1,000) (2005-2007).

Community Safety

  • Assault accounted for 29 % of all offences in 2008-09.
  • In the five-year period from 2004-05 to 2008-09, approximately half of all offences were recorded as alcohol-related. This included over 80 % of assault offences.
  • Sixty-two % of assault in Halls Creek from 2004–05 to 2008–09 was indicated by Western Australian police to be domestic violence related. This is particularly significant in light of the potential under-reporting of domestic violence-related incidents in the early stages of the reporting period.
  • Overall, 87 % of domestic violence–related incident reports were also alcohol related. Domestic violence–related incident reports accounted for 46 % of all alcohol-related violence reports.
  • However, the total number of offences recorded in Halls Creek was 867 in 2008-09, representing a decrease of 33 % on the number in the previous year. This decrease likely reflects substantive changes within the community, including the development and implementation of restrictions on alcohol that came into force on 19 May 2009.

Housing

  • 50% of Indigenous households in 2006 experienced overcrowding in Halls Creek. This is three times the rate for Indigenous households in Western Australia and nationally.
  • In Halls Creek under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, 19 new dwellings are being constructed and 38 refurbished this financial year.

Childcare

  • The existing childcare facility in Halls Creek is inadequate, with a substantial waiting list.

Potential Issues with Service Delivery

Infrastructure

  • The Halls Creek sewerage treatment system is reaching its capacity and is a restraint to further expansion of the town
  • Halls Creek is currently experiencing a water shortage due to low bore levels and high levels of consumption
  • There is a need for an increase in the number of public phones available

Schooling

  • While some school buildings are new, the majority are at least thirty years old. The power and water supply are ineffective. Inadequate air conditioning at the school is also a significant issue in a town where, for much of the year, temperatures are frequently above 40 degrees.
  • Of thirty teaching staff, the school has five teachers who have training in English as a second language, yet Kriol is the first language for almost all Indigenous students at Halls Creek.
  • Staffing is an important issue impacting on the quality of education provision, and there are challenges in recruiting and sustaining quality teachers in Halls Creek.
  • The high priority needs of boys are being addressed by programs such as the Clontarf Football Academy. Funding for the program focused on the needs of girls is required beyond 2010.

Youth Services

  • Due to the high percent of the Indigenous population who are young people in Halls Creek, youth services in Halls Creek will need to be maintained and will require further development and resources in the coming decade if they are to meet the needs of the growing youth population.
  • There will also be a need to coordinate all services targeted at the youth population, whether those services are funded by health, recreation, arts, justice, education, training or employment.

Health

  • More could be done to raise public health awareness in Halls Creek. Though there are a number of Commonwealth and State public health programs, these are uncoordinated and many are not well supported.

Significant new investments

  • Through Building the Education Revolution funding, $2.905m has been allocated to Halls Creek District High School for new classrooms and school refurbishment. $0.66m has been allocated to refurbish the Warlawurru Catholic School for a multipurpose hall and general upgrades to the school.
  • A Children’s and Family Centre is intended to be operational by 2011 at the Halls Creek District High School. Early childhood services, health and the school are actively involved in the consultation process for the establishment of this facility.

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Content Updated: 17 July 2013