Visit to the Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation

August 18th, 2011 posted by
Jess

Last week I visited the Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation (RDAC) in Sale. Established in 1992, the RDAC provides a range of health and community development services to the Indigenous and wider community population across the Gippsland region.

Through its health clinics in Sale and Morwell and in collaboration with partners across the greater Gippsland area, RDAC delivers programs aimed at:

  • Providing comprehensive primary health care
  • Ensuring a holistic approach to health through social and emotional wellbeing programs
  • Implementing innovative community enterprise and engagement activities

The RDAC has an innovative approach towards meeting community needs through responsive, professional and dedicated services, and through focusing on establishing viable business enterprise. The RDAC also aims to ensure the operational management supports efficient and effective delivery of programs and services. RDAC’s business model and culture seeks to not only improve health outcomes, but deliver self-sufficiency for local aboriginal communities; something which was great to see firsthand.

Delivering independence from over-reliance on government support is crucial for a prosperous future.

The RDAC has an innovative approach towards meeting community needs through responsive, professional and dedicated services, and through focusing on establishing a viable business enterprise. The RDAC also aims to ensure the operational management supports efficient and effective delivery of programs and services.

Accompanied by Dr Ali Khan, CEO of RDAC, I visited several of the RDAC facilities throughout the day; the Morwell Medical Centre, including the Maternity Centre and Family Restoration Centre, the Gippsland Family Clinic, including the Ramahyuck Dental Clinic and the Youth Centre.

I was delighted to receive a handmade gift, a book of finger paintings, from the children at the Gunai Lidj childcare centre in Morwell.

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