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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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INTERPAR

The interPAR (International Collaboration Promoting Adjustment and Resilience) Project is an evidence-based intervention program designed to support survivors of natural or man-made disaster. Developed in partnership with Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, interPAR was piloted in areas affected by the 2015 Pinery and Sampson Flat bushfires following a high-level roundtable with an international consortium of 21 mental health, trauma and disaster experts in Sydney, convened by His Royal Highness during his Royal Tour of Australia in November 2015. interPAR is uniquely designed to be delivered by frontline disaster workers, increasing the access and reach of the intervention to assist communities impacted by trauma. It addresses a notable gap in current disaster management that is usually reactive rather than proactive.

Supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Country South Australian Primary Health Network, the Northern Health Network and the Australian Red Cross, the 12-month interPAR pilot commenced in 2016 to test the effectiveness of the program and its client workbooks, coaching manuals, and training and supervision materials, to reduce stress, improve mood, build stronger relationships, and help survivors resume daily life.

 

Initial analysis suggests the interPAR pilot program was effective. Discussions are underway to roll out the program in larger studies with engage communities affected by disaster across Australia and overseas.

Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at an international roundtable to develop interPAR in Sydney, 2015

International consortium of posttraumatic mental health experts at a roundtable to discuss interPAR in Sydney, 2015 with HRH The Prince of Wales

THE E.O.N. Foundation

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P.T.A. partners with the E.O.N. Foundation as a supporter and advocate helping raise awareness of E.O.N.’s Thriving Communities Program for remote Indigenous communities and schools. Based in Western Australia, E.O.N.’s Thriving Communities Program is an early intervention, nutrition-based healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program focused on young Indigenous Australians and their families.

 

E.O.N. works in partnership with communities and their schools to construct and maintain edible gardens and deliver gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene programs. The Foundation focuses on practical, sustainable programs, and works in community every fortnight for five years to support the program’s longevity, reputation, and suitability. E.O.N. takes a holistic approach to addressing the problems of food insecurity and poor nutrition in remote communities by integrating four complementary components: E.O.N. Edible Gardens, E.O.N. Healthy Eating, E.O.N. Training and Education, and E.O.N. Healthy Homes.

 

E.O.N.’s holistic, early intervention program gives children a leg up – improving their experience in school and in turn, their future work and life opportunities. This is particularly vital in remote communities, where more than half of Indigenous Australian families do not meet their recommended daily fruit intake, and 92 per cent do not meet their daily vegetable intake. Malnutrition and undernourishment are major contributing factors to chronic disease and high mortality rates in Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities.

E.O.N. currently operates in 16 communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberly region.

 

If you’d like to support The E.O.N. Foundation or find out more, contact us.

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