HYGIENE PROGRAM

This programme includes a showering program and breakfast program.

The aim of the programme is to provide showering, nutrition and primary health aspects to Aboriginal people living in the Coober Pedy area. The Hygiene programme is coordinated, and resourced through Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation’s Drug and Alcohol programme.

Showering program

This programme includes male and female showers and provides opportunity for personal showers, washing of clothes, and provision of clothes .The showers are attended by a male and female Aboriginal Health Worker. As well as helping people to engage in hygienic activity the showering programme reduces infection, assists disease control and provides an opportunity for diagnosing physical illness and concerns as well as relating to caring staff.

Using the washing machines people are able to wash and dry their clothes, or swap them for some newer clothes and shoes.

Breakfast program

UTHSAC Drug and Alcohol provides a breakfast program where people who have showered at the Showering program receive a breakfast of toast, cereals and sometimes eggs, bacon or the cook’s choice. Along with this clients partake in juices, tea and coffee or water. Each participant receives a tablet of Vitamin C and Thiamine to assist in reducing the effects of alcohol misuse.

The program is aimed at harm minimisation of alcohol misuse, social integration, psycho social education, referrals to the Clinic, psychiatrists, visiting dentists, doctors, psychologists, optometrists, dieticians, podiatrists and allied health staff. The Breakfast is overseen by a cook, and a roster of 2 Aboriginal Health Workers from all programs within UTHSAC. The reason for selecting staff across programs is so that members of the community become aware and get to know staff from wide disciplines and are not anxious in connecting with primary health or Drug and Alcohol services. Whilst people are having breakfast staff check for injuries, advertise visiting specialists and programs and build relationships with the staff.

Often health videos, Quit Smoking and other health messages are played and the Breakfast Program is a venue and avenue for people to receive health information and immunisations.