Jaydene has been an AHP with the BDAC for fourteen years and aspires to work in emergency medicine and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
She took part in the Fluoride varnish training as she believed it was an opportunity to improve the oral health care of the Aboriginal population in her community.
“It meant I was able to support, promote and prevent another area of health care for a proportion of my community and for my people who I am passionate about changing the health outcomes for as a whole,” she said.
Jaydene feels as though her completion of the course will help to support her colleagues at BDAC to continue to achieve good health outcomes for her patients and community.
“It is very important to me that we can promote culturally appropriate health care in a holistic health care model,” she said.
It is also important that patients get information, support and health care in a culturally safe space, to help achieve the overall goal of closing the gap in life expectancy.
Whilst she was completing the training course, Jaydene made sure to acknowledge the work that had been done to enable AHPs to gain the skills they need to care for their communities.
“This work paves the way for the Aboriginal Health workers/practitioners before me and the generations to come who work tirelessly to help our people, to ensure we have the services and support in achieving good health outcomes in the community,” she said.
“I was privileged to have a small insight into the process and saw how much work went into making these changes to legislation, to getting the training organised and culturally appropriate for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.
“Making sure this was successful was very important to me and to have the opportunity to be part of the first 10 students in Victoria to go through this training is a real honour.”
Story: Sheridan van Gelderen