The first Good Medicine Better Health program (called Good Medicines Better Health) aimed to improve QUM in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The program was delivered from 2010 to 2012 by a partnership between NACCHO, the Heart Foundation, the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and NPS MedicineWise.
The program focused on delivering a series of training modules to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners in Aboriginal community-controlled health services. The training was delivered either directly by a training team or through a train-the-trainer model to build capacity of the more experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to deliver training to their colleagues.
The program developed four core training modules – a foundation module on QUM and three chronic disease-specific modules (QUM in asthma, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes). Additionally, consumer tools for those three disease areas were developed and released for use in communities.
See resources developed for the original Good Medicines Better Health program on the NACCHO website
The 2010–12 program trained 264 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). The program was evaluated, and recommendations were made to improve the overall success of the program. These were being implemented in GMBH v2 in 2019–20.
NPS MedicineWise engaged Dreamtime Creative to help develop a logo for the redesigned program. Dreamtime Creative was involved in developing the original images for Good Medicines Better Health 2010–12. Along with a redesigned program and a new look, a decision was made to change the name to Good Medicine Better Health. The new name aims to incorporate medical tests and other health technologies.
The logo’s three circles symbolise good medicine (green), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers (blue) and the new training approaches of the program (yellow). The smaller circles encapsulate the larger group as one.
The designer is Jordan Lovegrove, a young Ngarrindjeri man who combines intimate knowledge of Aboriginal communities and illustration skills to develop outstanding Indigenous artwork which is applied to a range of print and online communications.
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