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The emerging role of the urban-based aboriginal peer support worker: A Western Australian study

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posted on 16.02.2018, 00:00 by A Munns, C Toye, Desley Hegney, M Kickett, R Marriott, R Walker
Purpose To explore the self-perceived role of the Aboriginal peer support worker working with families with young children. This study was a component of a larger participatory action research study undertaken in a Western Australian metropolitan setting to develop and evaluate the suitability, feasibility and effectiveness of an Aboriginal peer-led home visiting program. Methods Focus group interviews were carried out with peer support workers using unstructured and semi-structured interviews within Action Learning Sets. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results The overarching theme on the self-perceived role of the Aboriginal peer support worker was Giving Parent Support, with subsidiary themes relating to development and ongoing sustainability of the support. Discussion The peer support workers viewed their role as providing parent support through enabling strategies which developed client acceptance and trust, delivered culturally relevant support, advocated for families, developed therapeutic engagement and communication strategies, and created safe home visiting practices. They recognised the importance of linking families with community support such as community child health nurses which was important for improving long term physical and psychosocial health outcomes for children. Conclusion Aboriginal Peer Support Workers identified their emerging integral role in the development of this unique culturally acceptable home visitingsupport for Aboriginal parents. Innovative approaches towards client engagement demonstrated their value in developing creative ways of working in partnership with families, community support services and child health nurses across a range of challenging psychosocial environments. © 2016 Australian College of Nursing Ltd

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start Page

355

End Page

361

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

1322-7696

Publisher

Elsevier, Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

17/08/2016

External Author Affiliations

Curtin University; University of Adelaide; Department of Health Western Australia; Telethon Kids, Subiaco, Western Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Collegian

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