Partnerships and Services Supporting Aboriginal Members of our Community
Friday, 1 May, 2020 - 14:15
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Mansfield community are reminded that all the Coronavirus support services provided by government, Mansfield Shire Council and Mansfield District Hospital are available to them.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said Council works in partnership with many organisations year-round and these partnerships are more important than ever during these times of social restrictions and other hardships due to potential loss of jobs or businesses.
“We have been working with the Gadhaba Local Aboriginal Network (GLAN) for years. It’s fitting that Gadhaba is from the Taungurung word meaning ‘together’,” Cr Attley said.
Ann-Marie Fletcher, Chair of the GLAN said during these times, there is increased risk of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘slipping through the gaps’.
“By this we mean, that they are alone, not receiving help or the services that are available in the community. If we don’t know who you are or where you are, we cannot help you,” Ms Fletcher said.
“We here in the Mansfield Community extend our hand and support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and ask that you reach out if you need someone to talk to or someone to help you. We want you to know you can access these services directly or we can help you to do so. Or even just get in touch if you fancy a yarn,” she said.
Both Mansfield Shire Council and the Mansfield District Hospital are continuing to work through these uncertain times and deliver vital and key public health and community support and recovery services.
Cameron Butler, the CEO at Mansfield District Hospital explained that Hospital Services were still available during the restrictions “We are continuing to provide services. In some instances we have altered how we deliver these in order to reduce person to person contact”.
“Our staff have undertaken training in cultural awareness and we encourage anyone who needs our services to get in touch” said Mr Butler.
Mr Butler, Cr Attley and Ms Fletcher reminded the community that Mansfield Shire Council has Home and Community packages available, which include personal care and respite, home maintenance, meals on wheels and transport as well as integrated family services, financial counselling and maternal child health. Whilst the hospital provides a range of primary care services including physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, diabetes education, social work, addiction rehabilitation and support, and chronic disease support as well as urgent care, maternity, acute, aged care and dialysis services.
“These services are essential and would make your life in isolation that much easier,” Ms Fletcher said.
For information and support contact the Gadhaba Local Aboriginal Network – phone Darren Moffit on 02 60590207