1st Jul 2012

Administrator’s Medal Awarded to Allied Health Team

NT Administrator’s Medal for a Primary Health Care Team awarded to Congress Allied Health.

They traverse an area of approximately 1.2 million square kilometres, consult with more than 1000 clients a year and have an abundance of props including a life-sized man made of felt. And now, they’ve also got a NT Administrator’s Medal to show off with pride.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Remote Allied Health Team travelled to Darwin in June for an award ceremony at Government House, where Her Honour, The Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory, presented them with the medal.

The Allied Health Team consists of four members: Caroline Cook, (Diabetes Nurse Educator), Brian Ralph (Podiatrist), Katie Clifford (Nutritionist) and Kathy Smart (Coordinator), working with the support of Senior Administration Manager, Tracey Miller.

They travel to eight communities on a regular basis and are often invited to travel to numerous other communities to be involved in various health related activities.

An important part of their work is ensuring knowledge and educational resources are up to date, whilst understanding the cultural diversity and needs of the various communities they visit. The felt man is one of the many visual and interactive aids used by the team to get across the message of health care.

They travel in a truck set up as a podiatry clinic, which ensures that resources aren’t strained in the communities visited. Positioned on the tray of a 4.5 tonne Isuzu truck, the mobile clinic contains a podiatry chair, generator, hot and cold water, air conditioning and heating, as well as plenty of storage and lighting. And, of course, all of their props.

Congress Acting CEO, Donna Ah Chee, congratulated the Allied Health Team on receiving the NT Administrator’s Medal. “We are all proud of your achievement,” she stated. “I want to congratulate you for your contribution to Congress, but more importantly to the communities to which you provide such excellent programs and services.”