The Administrator's Medals in Primary Health Care for 2013 were presented on Tuesday 09 July by Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Adminstrator of the Northern Territory, during a ceremony at Government House.
A strong field of nominations were received from throughout the Northern Territory that each celebrated the great front line health care being provided to communities in both cities and the remotest corners of the Territory. Representatives from each of the supporting organisations reviewed the finalists and selected the following winners:
Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, presents winners of the team award to the Strong Women Strong Babies Strong Culture Program, NT Department of Health.
The Strong Women Strong Babies Strong Culture (SWSBSC) program has been running in the Northern Territory for 20 years and is now offered in 14 communities.
The team comprises six Strong Women Coordinators and 22 community-based Strong Women Workers and focusses on prevention of chronic conditions starting in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy, including the social and environmental issues faced by remote Northern Territory communities.
The SWSBSC program is unique to the NT and is driven by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people, integrating western medical health approaches for pregnant women and young mothers with traditional Grandmother's Law in a culturally safe way. Community-based team members work with coordinators from multipdisciplinary regional teams to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders such as Shires, community stores and women's centres, Remote Area Nurses, research institutions and Male Health Coordinators.
Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, presents winner of the individual award to Adele Gibson, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Project Coordintor Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation.
Adele was nominated by colleagues for her work delivering a comprehensive health promotion program to reduce the prevalence and impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory. Adele has empowered yuong people individually and collectively to understand the impact of FASD so they can develop their own strategies for prevention.
Adele's key activities have included the development of an educational video about FASD by young people and she has presented on the topic to an international forum. Her efforts have contributed to heightened awareness of FASD throughout the NT and Australia.