The WA AIDS Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Project, known as The ASH Project, is focused on providing holistic culturally appropriate services for and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the metropolitan area and rural and remote areas of Western Australia.
The principles of the program are:
- Holistic Health – Physical well-being, social, emotional and cultural well-being the whole of community.
- Self determination – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in all aspects of health care delivery – planning and development, implementation and evaluation.
- Right for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to choose different models of health care with health programs tailored to fit the needs of the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.
- Health care services are culturally appropriate and are accessible.
The ASH Project provides tailored HIV/AIDS education and prevention knowledge and training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations and non-Aboriginal organisations.
We encourage and pursue joint initiatives with Aboriginal agencies and non-Aboriginal agencies with the aim of increasing capacity of ongoing appropriate interagency responses and commitment.
Find out more about the WA AIDS Council's support of reconciliation.
Read Issue 1 of Ngalang News, a newsletter produced by the WA AIDS Council Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group here.