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The Taikurrinthi – Together in Partnership Award

WCHN Awards 2022 feature

The Taikurrinthi – Together in Partnership Award recognises those who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

‘Taikurrinthi’ is a Kaurna word meaning ‘together in partnership’. It was introduced to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network by the Aboriginal Liaison Unit to emphasise the benefits of a partnership approach.

The award supports Strategy 2026 – Realising Potential, Creating Together, which states we will provide holistic support for Aboriginal communities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Winner:

Dual Naming Project

In partnership with Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi, the team behind the Dual Naming Project is committed to creating a more culturally safe environment for Aboriginal staff and consumers through a further 70 dual named signs (signs in both Kaurna language and English) around the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and the development of an associated phone app.

As the largest project for an SA Health Local Health Network, it aims to create a culturally inviting, safe, warm, friendly and welcoming environment for Aboriginal families accessing our services whilst educating and raising awareness of Aboriginal culture, language and history amongst our community.

Finalists:

Youth Advisory Group

The creation of this group allows the voices of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be heard, with the aim of improving consumer engagement through the representation of their community.

The group’s commitment to actively engage with Aboriginal Health is being recognised, with 50% of members identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Furthermore, the establishment of meaningful relationships through relevant consultation opportunities has created social connections and leadership skill development.

Aboriginal Cultural Learning

The Aboriginal Cultural Learning team aims to educate and support staff at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network about Aboriginal history and culture, with the goal of strengthening communication with Aboriginal staff and families. The team have established relationships with key divisions and are committed to working towards closing the gap, reinforcing that Aboriginal health is everyone’s business.