SOS Health Foundation is celebrating evidence that we are impacting the communities we exist to serve. For the last 8 years, SOS Health Foundation has been partnering with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Laynhapuy Health in North East Arnhem Land. On a monthly basis we have mobilized allied health professionals, mainly Physiotherapists and Podiatrists, and some Occupational Therapists, to travel with the Laynhapuy Health Medical/Nursing teams to remote homeland communities to treat people who can’t easily access allied health services. Over this long-term partnership we have learned from our Laynhapuy colleagues and the local communities, how to provide culturally safe health services through carefully recruited, trained and deployed allied health volunteers. We have engaged around 100 volunteers and provided in excess of 1800 allied health treatments to patients who would not otherwise have accessed this vital healthcare.
The mission of SOS Heath is to engage allied health professional volunteers to help close the gap in Indigenous health by serving people in remote indigenous communities who can’t access allied health services. Our local partnership model enabling allied health services to be added to medical and nursing services through the deployment of volunteers, serves to demonstrate that people do need and use available allied health services. The evidence of need and impact through the work of SOS Health volunteers has provided the case for support for federal and state governments to now fund locally based allied health personnel for Laynhapuy Health.
We see this as proof of concept and take this outcome as a positive signal of impact and enduring success. Having met a need and contributed to helping close the gap in Indigenous Health in some of the remote homeland communities in North East Arnhem Land, it is exciting to learn that a federally funded permanent allied health service will now continue the work we started. The partnership between SOS Health and Laynhapuy will now come to a natural conclusion in October 2019. SOS Health can now confidently invest our learnings, expertise and resources into new communities who are not yet benefiting from access to regular allied health services.
We will miss our Laynhapuy friends and the people and communities of North East Arnhem Land we have served over such a long time but celebrate this significant advancement of our mission.
Our resources, financial and human, will now be deployed in building partnerships and mobilizing allied health volunteers to demonstrate through partnerships in other remote indigenous communities, that people need and deserve the health benefits and quality of life improvements which access to allied health services provide. We look forward to recruiting and deploying more allied health professionals, providing opportunities for cross cultural exposure and deeper understanding of the inequities in healthcare Indigenous Australians face. We are also excited to embark on new partnerships as we play our part, working with others to help close the gap in Indigenous health in remote communities. An exicting new partnership will be announced shortly, and we will be deploying more volunteers and more allied health specialties to new communities currently inadequately serviced for allied health. Watch out for our upcoming announcements and calls for Volunteers. We so value those who partner with us as volunteers and those who provide financial support to the mission of SOS Health. Thank you and congratulations, you are converting your success into significance and positively impacting people’s lives, working with us to help close the gap in Indigenous health.
Allied Health Professionals interested in applying to volunteer with SOS Health can apply here
We need your financial support to enable us to continue to invest in mobilizing allied health professionals to help close the gap in Indigenous Health. Please partner with us and DONATE to SOS Health Foundation.