Another Down South Aboriginal Health staff member, Sophia Karahoutis has just graduated from TAFE’s Primary Health Care program. Graduating with a Certificate IV in Primary Health Care, Sophia is now a fully qualified Aboriginal Health Worker. The course covered a variety of topics such as holistic care, business technology, working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Context, address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health and learning how to advocate on patients’ behalf. Taking 18 months, Sophia has had to travel from Manjimup to Bunbury for her course and juggle full time work. The motivation behind this was being able to better serve her community. She sees this as a direct route to improve the health of the Aboriginal community. When asked what the best parts of her study were, she says it was the challenge along with the knowledge of progressing her career. “Meeting and networking with other allied health workers was invaluable, I learned so much”. Sophia’s quirky sense of humour will ensure that the people she helps and work with will always be treated to cheeky humour – all while ensuring your bloods are taken, your checks are done and your health improves. Down South Aboriginal Health Service is operated by GP down south and has supported Sophia in achieving this qualification.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.