Happy First Birthday Charkil-Om!
Apunipima’s Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre celebrates its first anniversary in August!
Charkil-Om, which means bone fish in local Thanakwith language, provides comprehensive primary health care to the remote community of Napranum which is about nine kilometres south of Weipa.
Napranum community member, Traditional Owner and Tackling Indigenous Smoking Health Worker Ernest Madua Jnr (far left) explained what Charkil-Om means to him.
‘We now have a service that meets the needs of Napranum community members,’ he said.
‘The key to living longer healthier lives (Closing the Gap) is early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and curable conditions. Too long our mob die too early, my people, my community deserves better, big thank you to Apunipima Charkil-Om for providing this opportunity.’
Charkil-Om Primary Health Care Centre manager Kelvin Coleman echoed Ernest’s sentiments, expressing pride in the professionalism and dedication of the Napranum and wider – Apunipima team.
‘I would like to acknowledge and thank the staff (too many to name) for their commitment and hard work that made Charkil-Om what it is today. THANK YOU ALL!’
‘This commitment to community has seen the Charkil – Om team get involved in a number of community events and initiatives – these include:• Participation in the local NAIDOC celebrations – we created a float and held a community barbeque BBQ;
- Mind, Exercise, Nutrition... Do It! (MEND) Program (a healthy lifestyles program for families);
- Need for Feed Programs (a cooking and healthy eating education program for young people);
- Tackling Smoking video
- Supporting Napranum Mokwi Mens Group;
- Preschool screening (providing preventative health checks for four year olds);
- Tackling Indigenous Smoking program;
- Membership of the Napranum Disaster Management Committee;
- Successful ISO accreditation; and
- Reestablishment of the Napranum Health Action Team (a community committee which communicates community health priorities to providers).’
Apunipima Chairperson Thomas Hudson said Charkil-Om’s achievements are in line with the Board’s vision.
‘On my last visit to Napranum, I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from community regarding Apunipima staff engagement and participation at sporting events and other local events within the community. These demonstrate the commitment the team shows to the community engagement, education, health promotion and prevention.’
‘On behalf of the Apunipima Board and team, I wish Charkil-Om a happy first birthday.’