When it comes to smoking, alcohol use, exercise and healthy eating habits, research suggests that brief chats with a primary healthcare professional can encourage people to make lifestyle changes or access support services.
This is a particular important consideration here in East Gippsland, where we suffer from higher rates than the state average for smoking, alcohol and lower physical activity.
And so we were excited to learn about a terrific initiative being launched by a number of public health organisations in this community, known as “The Telkaya Project.”
A collaboration of Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Latrobe Community Health Service, Monash University Department of Rural Health, and the Ramahyuck Aboriginal District Corporation, The Telkaya Project will teach healthcare professionals how to have three-minute, non-confrontational ‘healthy chats’ with clients, which focus on lifestyle changes.
“Telkaya” is an Indigenous word meaning “to improve, to be peaceful and to be well” and the aim of this program is to train allied health professionals, nurses and Aboriginal health workers from healthcare providers across Gippsland, how to recommend lifestyle changes to their clients in tactful and culturally-sensitive ways.
The online training package is expected to be rolled out in the next few months.
To find out more, contact Gippsland Lakes Community Health at 5155 8300.