TACSI CEO Carolyn Curtis said the project is taking a community capacity-building approach to determine the issues, challenges and barriers for people with asthma in the Mid North.
“This project is not designed to implement interventions, rather the first phase will identify and explore possible interventions that are most suited to the community needs, highly likely to be used, and more likely to be successful – because they are owned by the community,” Ms Curtis said.
“We are now looking for three local people to join the project as ‘Peer Researchers’, and other locals living with asthma who want to tell their story.”
The ‘Peer Researchers’ are casual, paid roles of approximately 10 days between now and June 2020. They will be interviewing people to explore, identify and understand what can be done to improve outcomes.
Country SA PHN is funding the program and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mark Hartigan, said it’s important to listen to local stories and provide strategies and solutions based on community experiences and needs.
“Country SA PHN exists to bridge the gap in health inequity in country South Australia,” Mr Hartigan said.
“Exploring different ways for people to manage their asthma based on local needs helps us to do that by empowering individuals to more effectively support their health and become partners in their own care.”
“This program is a terrific example of this empowerment, which in turn increases the whole community’s understanding of their health,” Mr Hartigan added.