Advocating for Equity, Collaboration and Culturally secure Osteoarthritis care for Aboriginal Australians
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we all live and work.
We recognise that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been custodians of this land for thousands of years, and we acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and community.
We pay our deepest respects to them and their cultures; and to their Elders both past, present and emerging.
About the artwork
Artist Mick Harding tells of a scar tree with diamonds inside the scar that represent our Liwik or Ancestors. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia are represented by the designs alongside both sides of the scar and along the limbs of the tree.
The five large gum leaves on the bottom limbs represent the five management journey streams of OPUS. Two sections of wavy lines at the top and bottom of the scar, represent the journey of OPUS and how its research has a ripple effect that effects positive change within our communities.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mick Harding is a Taungwurrung Elder and belongs to the Yowong-Illam-Baluk clan (Mansfield Region) of the Taungwurrung people. He lives with his family in the rolling foothills of Gippsland’s Strzelecki ranges, and is an active member of the Taungwurrung, local and Victorian Indigenous communities. Mick draws his inspiration from the compelling legends of his people, and weaves the images of those legends into each of his artworks.
our current projects
Community reference group
In this project, we yarn with key informants from Aboriginal health services and organisations, and the wider community to explore how we can best set up a community reference group. The outcome of these yarns will be an established and representative Aboriginal community reference group that will provide input and guidance for all ECCO related research activities.
This project aims to explore the beliefs of Aboriginal patients admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. We want to learn about (any) joint pain they experience and explore their pain management and coping mechanisms.
Community osteoarthritis project
This project has two main parts. First, to explore the awareness of osteoarthritis in Aboriginal community groups through focus groups and yarning circles and second; to explore the impact of joint pain on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people who experience osteoarthritis in Victoria
Aboriginal arthritis resources project
This project is funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and Arthritis Australia, and enables ECCO to partner with Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA. Together, the team will develop culturally appropriate health information resources for Aboriginal people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus that can be used as part of self-management, or as stand-alone consumer information resources.
the ECCO Framework
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