Good health directly improves education and employment outcomes. Sadly, the gap is widening with five of the seven closing the gap targets tracking poorly.
Cape York Indigenous people know too well that new approaches are needed for improved health and wellbeing for our students and families.
That’s is why Ngak Min Health clinic provides an innovative family-centred model with comprehensive medical, health, mental health, allied health, and wellbeing services.
Our Services Include:
- General Practice (GP) Appointments
- Indigenous Health Assessments
- Psychological support, counselling and assessment
- Chronic Disease management
- Mental Health Care
- Weight management
- Women’s Health & Men’s Health
- Stop Smoking Options
- Childhood and Adolescent Health
- Wound management
- Pregnancy Planning and Management
- Parent education programs
- Children’s health
- Childhood Immunisations
- Infant and adolescent health
- Psychology and counseling
- Pathology and X-RAY results
- Skin cancer checks
- Diabetes risk and healthcare assessment
Ngak Min is located at Djarragun College, the leading P-12 specialist boarding school for First Nations people in Australia.
With only 43% of Indigenous people accessing specialist services, Ngak Min is designed to promote health seeking behaviour. Our culturally safe, trauma-informed case-management framework integrates into all social contexts including our schools, homes and workplaces.
The Ngak Min model is informed by the Team Around the Family approach. Through staff and parenting training and curriculum integration, we are building the capability of staff, caregivers, young people and children to promote healthy development and reduce the burden of disease.
It’s important to remember the deep impact of constant exposure to trauma on mental health which accounts for the 19% of the Indigenous disease burden. This is what sets the Ngak Min Health model apart – its family-centred ecological approach to these intergenerational challenges.
Our Ngak Min model also considers the complex nexus between economic disadvantage, child adversity, health and violence.
The Ngak Min Family Wellbeing Program provides:
- Trauma informed and evidence informed parenting interventions for families in crisis
- Financial literacy and counselling to reduce financial stress and facilitate access to support services
- Health and mental health services to support wellbeing, education and employment
- Early intervention, where Allied health teams provide classroom-based programs to build teacher capacity and address developmental and behavioural concerns.
Indigenous Health Specialist
Ngak Min health supports Indigenous children and staff across the Cape York Partnership collective of schools, and workplaces.
We are also a one-stop health centre for Indigenous families in the local community. We eliminate the multiple and complex referral pathways which are known to hinder access by Indigenous people.