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Gemma Davis - Capacity Building in the Pilbara

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Presentation by Gemma Davis, Mentally Health WA, Capacity Building in the Pilbara. Presnted at the Western Australian Mental Health Conference 2019.

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Gemma Davis - Capacity Building in the Pilbara

  1. 1. Capacity Building in the Pilbara Gemma Davis Health Promotion Coordinator, Mentally Healthy WA
  2. 2. Keeping active, maintaining good social  connections, engaging in community  activities and having meaning and purpose  in life protect and promote mental  wellbeing.
  3. 3. “We all can, and should do things everyday to  keep mentally healthy”
  4. 4. Do something
  5. 5. Do something with someone
  6. 6. Do something meaningful
  7. 7. Partnership Model
  8. 8. Stronger, more cohesive community, people feel valued and are more likely to participate
  9. 9. Chevron Partnership Chevron Australia partnered with Mentally Healthy WA to improve mental health in Western Australia, with a focus on Karratha and Onslow, Aboriginal communities in Roebourne, and schools throughout the state.
  10. 10. The Pilbara
  11. 11. Karratha
  12. 12. Onslow
  13. 13. The role Building community capacity in the Pilbara, with a focus on Karratha and Onslow Gemma Davis 2014 ‐ 2017 Shelley Heelan 2017 ‐ 2018 Pilbara Health Promotion Coordinator
  14. 14. Working in partnership… • Increase attendance, participation, membership and volunteerism • Promote local events as conducive to good mental health • Drive new events/activities • Form and foster partnerships
  15. 15. Outcomes 1. Increase awareness and understanding 2. Increase participation 3. Decrease stigma 4. Increase capacity to deal with issues
  16. 16. Year 1 • Awareness raising • Mapping & gapping • Formation of steering committee • Partnership & rapport building
  17. 17. Karratha & Onslow Community Forums
  18. 18. Action Planning • Volunteering: better acknowledgement and celebration of volunteers • Male orientated spaces and activities • Better promotion of existing events and activities • Better collaboration and networking • Activities for mums with children • Arts events
  19. 19. Better promotion of existing events & activities
  20. 20. Onslow Have A Go Day
  21. 21. Male-orientated events & activities • Partnered with OzHelp Foundation and the Clontarf Academy • Toolbox talks at mining sites • Men’s Health Week event in Karratha
  22. 22. ‘Blokes, Breakkie and Banter’
  23. 23. Better celebration of volunteers
  24. 24. Onslow Volunteer Week event
  25. 25. Activities for mums with young children “MHWA provide an opportunity  for mums, dads and their  children to meet, create  networks and establish positive  relationships in Onslow. This  has proven to be invaluable due  to the isolation that can be felt  in small communities in regional  WA. This support is critical and  works towards families in  Onslow living happier and  healthier lives.”  – Onslow Early Years Group  Representative
  26. 26. Karratha Mother’s Day Classic 2015 2016 2017
  27. 27. Arts events
  28. 28. Partner video
  29. 29. At the end of Year 4…. • 25 partnerships • 16,600 community members directly involved in project activities • Delivered/supported 68 events and activities • Ran 22 information displays • Published 40 news items (newspaper and radio) • Delivered 117 presentations, trainings and workshops.
  30. 30. But how do we know if this all made a difference?
  31. 31. CATI Surveys • Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) surveys • Karratha survey respondents = 200
  32. 32. 2017 CATI Survey Data State-wide vs Karratha
  33. 33. Campaign reach 75% 72% 80% 66% 83% 81% 68% 81% Total Metro Country Males Females 18‐39 years 40+ years Karratha Total Metro Country Males Females 18‐39 years 40+ years Karratha
  34. 34. What impact did we have? 27% 19% 10% 10% 15% 24% 28% 16% 13% 20% Changed Thinking (Mental Health) Changed Thinking (Mental Illness) Changed Behaviour Talked about Campaign Campaign Involvement Metro/Country Karratha
  35. 35. Behaviour Change 27% 27% 6% 37% 4% 21% 36% 4% 32% 7% I was generally happy but wanted to enjoy life more I wanted more meaning and purpose in my life I felt lonely and wanted to meet people I was a bit depressed and felt this could help None of these Metro/Country Karratha
  36. 36. Behaviour Change Impact 55% 29% 10% 4% 0% 2% 61% 32% 7% 0% 0% 0% A great deal Somewhat A little Not at all Made things worse Can't say Metro/Country Karratha
  37. 37. How have things changed in Karratha? (2014 – 2017) Proposed outcomes: 1. Increase awareness and understanding 2. Increase participation 3. Decrease stigma 4. Increase capacity to deal with issues
  38. 38. Increased awareness and understanding 74% 75% 76% 81% 76% 80% 83% 86% 2014 2015 2016 2017 Campaign Reach (Karratha) Statewide Karratha
  39. 39. Increased participation In 2014, 7.3% of Karratha respondents participated in an Act-Belong-Commit event or activity, compared to the state average of 8%. In 2017, 20% of Karratha respondents participated in an Act-Belong-Commit event or activity, compared to the state average of 15%.
  40. 40. Decreased stigma 64% 68% 67% 70% 62% 66% 74% 76% 2014 2015 2016 2017 Openness to Mental Health Issues Statewide Karratha
  41. 41. Decreased stigma 66% 65% 68% 69% 62% 61% 72% 67% 2014 2015 2016 2017 Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Statewide Karratha
  42. 42. Intercept surveys: 2014 vs 2017 Among those reached by the campaign in 2017: • 33% reported that they had tried to do something for their mental health as a result of the campaign vs 16% reported in 2014 • 22% reported that they had discussed the campaign and mental health with members of their family or friends vs 8% reported in 2014 • 26% indicated they had taken part in events or activities sponsored by the campaign vs 7% reported in 2014
  43. 43. Learnings • Get to know your community • Identify key champions • Use a strengths-based approach
  44. 44. Where to from here?
  45. 45. Contact details Gemma Davis Act-Belong-Commit Campaign Curtin University Ph: (08) 9266 4648 Email: gemma.davis@curtin.edu.au www.actbelongcommit.org.au

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