Meet our first Aboriginal Health PractitionerDec 05, 2023
As an experienced Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, Donna Evans has been appointed the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s first Aboriginal Health Practitioner.
While the local health district employs Aboriginal Health Workers and Hospital Liaison Officers, there is now a framework to employ specialised health practitioners who are able to perform clinical tasks such as wound care, vaccinations and more.
Donna gained her Aboriginal Health Practitioner qualification in 2015. She has been providing front-line care and support to patients, families and staff over the past six years at Kempsey District Hospital and is excited to be able to put her skills into practice in this new role.
To maintain her clinical skills, Donna attended regular education sessions to meet the continuing professional development requirements of an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, whilst working at Kempsey District Hospital.
“As Aboriginal liaison Officer, the relationships you build with patients are based on trust and respect, you become especially close to those living with chronic conditions, especially the Elders,” Donna said.
“The first half of 2023 was extraordinarily challenging, with a very high number of Aboriginal community members passing away, many of them inpatients of KDH at the time.”
Donna joins the Enhanced Community Care (ECC) team in the Directorate of Integrated Care, Allied Health and Community Services.
Together, ECC delivers a service to wrap around community members, providing the care necessary to stay well, at home, and on country.
Thank you to Robyn Martin – Director of Aboriginal Health and Primary Partnerships, for her ongoing support and collaboration in this exciting appointment of the district’s first Aboriginal Health Practitioner.
Ingrid Sivertsen, District Manager for Integrated Primary Care, said she was thrilled and honoured to welcome Donna to ECC.
“Donna’s clinical expertise and cultural leadership will bring a profound benefit to our patients, and to the ECC team,” Ingrid said.