ARDS

Phone: (08) 8984 4174
Fax: (08) 8984 4192
ABN: 24609472742

Health

Most western biomedical concepts and English words have never been translated into Indigenous languages. ARDS develops programs and resources that bridge this communication gap so that mainstream health information and services can be understood and used.

Our health education covers chronic and infectious diseases including:

  • Sexually transmissible infections
  • Scabies
  • Middle ear infection
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Strongyloides
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

Our education services include:

  • Face to face education with individuals and small groups
  • Audio,  DVD, Multimedia and print resource production
  • Broadcasting health education and information on Yolŋu Radio
  • Professional development and cross cultural education for non Indigenous staff

To find out more contact
Dr Jamie Mapleson
Health Educator
Email
(08) 89844174

or visit our store

 

Health Projects

Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses

Project manager: Dr. Jamie Mapleson
Project start/ finish dates:1995 - ongoing
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Department of Health and Ageing

This program, run by ARDS for over 10 years, uses microscopes to teach people about the microscopic world of germs and viruses. Using language and adhering to local cultural protocols, ARDS educators use a foundation in microscopy to talk about the causes, symptoms and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, blood borne viruses and related issues. 40 workshops were conducted throughout north east Arnhem Land in 2011-12 and nine audio education programs were produced and broadcast on Yolŋu Radio and podcast on the ARDS website.

Heart health radio programs in the West Kimberley

Project manager:
Dr. Jamie Mapleson
Project start/finish dates:
Sep 2013 - March 2014
For more information about this project please contact:
Email us about this project
Funded by:
Heart Foundation NT

ARDS and the Heart Foundation worked to develop a series of in-depth radio education programs about coronary heart disease. ARDS worked with local community members to develop the programs based on people‘s existing knowledge. The programs cover: how our heart, lungs and blood vessels work, what happens when we have a heart attack, signs of a heart attack, and explains high blood pressure and smoking as some of the causes of heart disease. The programs are in English and Kriol and will be played on Larrkardi radio in Derby and Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing


Sexual Health

Project manager: Yasunori Hayashi
Project start/ finish dates:2010
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Funded by I & G (Australian Government)

This project produced three in-depth audio education programs on sexually transmissible infections common in communities including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis. This was part of the national sexual health radio campaign: Indigenous Communities Sexual Health Communications program.

Regional Ear Health Campaign

Project ManagerDr. Jamie Mapleson
Project start/finish datesOct 2011 - Feb 2013
For more info about this projectEmail us about this project
 Funded byDepartment of Health and Ageing

Description: For this project ARDS produced a series of 13 audio education programs about otitis media, our immune system and how we can help thise with hearing loss. We also delivered 25 education workshops about germ theory of disease and otitis media in Galiwin‘ku as part of this project.

Inclusive Community Development: Disability Issues

Project ManagerYasunori Hayashi
Project start/finish datesDec 2012 - June 2013
For more info about this projectEmail us about this project
Funded byMotivation Australia

Description: The main objective of this project is to explore Yol?u understanding of impairment and thus their worldview of disability. This involves sitting with community members and their families to talk about their experience with disability. These discussions aim to learn from Yol?u about the different approaches Yol?u have to members of community with impairment/disability and how balanda services can be directed to help communities and families in the most beneficial way. This is a joint project with Motivation Australia who will travel with the ARDS team to Milingimbi, Ramingining, Galiwin’ku and Gapuwiyak. The outcomes of this research will hopefully shape the delivery of services in Arnhem Land and if successful, other remote centres across Australia.

Strongyloides

Project manager: Jenny Shields
Project start/ finish dates:2010
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project

Please see the Strongyloides Website

Dictionary of Anatomy: Dhäruk Mala ga Mayali‘ Rumbalpuy

Project manager: Dr Marilyn McLellan
Project start/ finish dates:2006-2010
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

In 2010 ARDS completed the history making Dictionary of Anatomy: Dhäruk Mala ga Mayali‘ Rumbalpuy. Several years in the making, this dictionary contains over 200 descriptive anatomical entries including everything from DNA to tear ducts.

Free Online Interactive Dictionary of Anatomy

See ARDS store to order hard copies



APY Lands Germ Theory Project

Project manager: Dr. Alyssa Vass
Project start/ finish dates:2010
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Zero Waste SA

This project was an opportunity for ARDS to trial its successful Microscope and Germs Workshops in the Central Desert Region. Over 100 people in Kalka and Pipalyatjara participated in the workshops in 2010. A formal evaluation showed excellent outcomes and the project is being considered for further funding from the SA Government.

Laynhapuy Health Training Manual for Aboriginal Health Workers and Interpreters

Project manager: Dr. Alyssa Vass
Project start/ finish dates:2009-2010
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Laynhapuy Homelands Association

This DVD is designed for Aboriginal Health Workers, but is useful viewing for any community member or patient.  It covers the concepts of circulation and the action of the heart including the role of heart valves.

People need these concepts to understand a range of illnesses including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, such as stroke, heart failure and Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Yolŋu Matha with English subtitles.

See ARDS store to order



Cancer Treatments DVD

Project manager: Dr. Alyssa Vass
Project start/ finish dates:Feb 2011-Sep 2011
For more information about this project please contact:Email us about this project
Funded by:Cancer Council NT

ARDS provided assistance to Cancer Council NT and EG Productions to develop a DVD for newly diagnosed Cancer patients. This DVD explains Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, and what to expect while undergoing treatment.


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