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Healthy prognosis for Christmas

Our Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) program performed their last health checks for the year and celebrated Christmas with Subiaco locals.

  • For the past five years our enrolled nursing students have been running a Wellness Centre at Wandana Flats, a state social housing complex in Subiaco.
  • REACH program staff and students hosted a barbecue for residents to celebrate Christmas and another successful year of health support.
  • The REACH initiative gives students the opportunity to provide health checks to the local community, under the direct supervision of registered nurses.

“REACH offers residents a health check, health education and minor clinical services with a cup of coffee and a biscuit in an inclusive, friendly environment which acknowledges the clients as individuals,” says North Metropolitan TAFE Team Leader, James Mitton.REACH_group.jpg

With many residents having a history of complex health issues, negative experiences with the formal healthcare system, and often English as a second language, this initiative gives residents access to care in their own backyard.

Students gain hands-on experience by supporting residents with their mental health and providing emotional support, along with medical care including ongoing monitoring of chronic disease, wound care, injections and medication management.

“Our students, along with the registered nurse facilitators, have provided a number of life-preserving medical interventions to residents over the years,” said James.

“The experience our students gain through this initiative is invaluable, and makes a big impact on the mental and physical health of local residents.”

REACH will continue to provide health checks to the local community in 2020. Find out more about the REACH program and our enrolled nursing course.REACH_healthcheck.jpg

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Page last updated December 18, 2019