Sharing the stories of Aboriginal health projects in Victoria: supporting the sector to share local evaluations

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The Victorian Government is trialling a new free service that offers hands-on support to assist Aboriginal health project staff to share their local project evaluations. The service is available to Koolin Balit funded agencies, as well as any agency working in Aboriginal health in Victoria.

The six-month service is part of the Evaluation Capacity Building component of Koolin Balit which is supporting agencies to disseminate their local evaluation findings. The service provides one-on-one support and mentoring to help project staff identify appropriate communication avenues and then develop appropriate communication products (for example, presentations, abstracts, articles).

Why evaluate aboriginal health initiatives?

There are three main reasons why I believe that we need to be able to do evaluation work incredibly well. The first is around being accountable to government for the funds that they actually spend in our health services and to the communities who are responsible. Secondly what we want to do is build our workforce and build our knowledge in the way that we are able to work, and thirdly, is understanding the impact that we’re having in key areas that we’re working in so that we can better target interventions for future effort.

As a researcher I am very keen to keep on improving health service delivery, the quality of our services and also improve the ways in which our communities engage with our services through evaluation and quality improvement techniques.

Prof Kerry Arabena – Chair of Indigenous Health, Director of Indigenous Health Equity Unit, University of Melbourne

Watch this video for more information about the importance of evaluations.

Are you working in Aboriginal health in Victoria? Would you like to share the story of your program?

Contact the project officer Frances Cieslak (frances@larter.com.au or 0418 348 587) or your DHHS regional Aboriginal health manager for more information. The six-month pilot service is running until December 2016.

Larter is excited to support Aboriginal health project staff to share the amazing work they are delivering by sharing the stories of their health programs through local evaluation findings.

Frances Cieslak

Download the poster to share with your networks.

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Image c/o Vicki Couzens