The Aboriginal health worker

Melvina Mitchell and Lynette M Hussey
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (10): 529-530.

Working in one’s own community can be rewarding but stressful; there is a perception that you are “everything to everyone”

Aboriginal health workers (AHWs) have usually lived in the community they work in and have developed lasting relationships with the community and with the various government agencies. One of us (M M) has lived in Townsville for 12 years and the other (L H) for 4 years (having grown up in the town of Hughenden, 370 km west of Townsville). These ties to the community and health networks provide us with a real sense of what is going on and what is needed at a grassroots level.

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  • Melvina Mitchell1
  • Lynette M Hussey2

  • Medical Unit, Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services, Townsville, QLD.



We would like to thank all the health workers at TAIHS, particularly Peter Malouf, Donella Dallachy, Robert Scott and Ida Savage.


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