Greetings from Nhulunbuy

Written by Kate Ranford, Public Health Nurse – Healthy Skin Program, CDC East Arnhem

Greetings from Nhulunbuy, where I am fortunate to live and work in this idyllic part of the world. My journey with One Disease is in its infancy stages having only joined the organisation in November 2018.

The East Arnhem region comprises not only the Nhulunbuy Township, but also thirteen remote communities accessible by light aircraft or unsealed roads. This geographical distance does make regular visits to these communities more difficult, and also sees a high turnover of clinic staff. That said, we have forged wonderful working relationships with stakeholders in this region who embrace educational opportunities pertaining to skin health and Crusted Scabies and scabies. These relationships with clinicians and other organisations are paramount in ensuring clients receive high quality care and with cultural appropriateness.

As the only employee for One Disease in East Arnhem, visiting all organisations and clinics each quarter is not always possible. That said, so far this quarter I have visited Numbulwar community, numerous external stakeholders, local clinics, daily visits to the hospital and have organised an education session at the school, oral health provider and Ramingining community. I am enjoying learning about the role of other organisations within the community, and how we can partner together to deliver high quality education and care for our clients. I believe that working with local indigenous health workers is also paramount in ensuring potential language barriers are minimised, and that messages are conveyed in the most appropriate methods to capture the target audience.

I feel fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community, and I look forward to what the remainder of my year with One Disease will bring.