Course paves way for culturally sensitive health care

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Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Grow Local course graduates Eva Jetta and Lisa Collard are looking forward to using their skills to help the community.
Camera IconGrow Local course graduates Eva Jetta and Lisa Collard are looking forward to using their skills to help the community. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times/Ailish Delaney

Bunbury residents have braved a turbulent year to come out on top by completing their Grow Local course, bringing more culturally sensitive mental health workers into the community.

The free community training initiative was developed by the WA Primary Health Alliance in response to difficulties in recruiting and retaining culturally appropriate mental health workers in regional areas and equips graduates with a certificate qualification in mental health.

Graduates will be able to provide additional mental health support to WA communities, with more than 60 participants graduating in towns throughout the State in coming weeks.

Course participant Eva Jetta said the certificate course was something she had wanted to do for years.

“Unfortunately, I was never able to meet the costs, so I put it aside and carried on,” she said.

“When I saw the Grow Local program advertised, I quickly applied and crossed my fingers that I’d be one of the lucky ones chosen.

“This course has been great, Tracie our trainer was amazing and helped all of us achieve.

I am 60 years old and I am proof that age is not a barrier. If I can do it, anyone can.

Eva Jetta

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the program was a fantastic initiative that empowered the local community.

“Equipping our community with the right skills to strengthen the local mental health workforce and complement the support provided by local GPs and healthcare professionals means more people can access the support they need,” Mrs Marino said.

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