Category: Indigenous health, Aboriginal health, Health, Community, Education
Red Dust is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve health outcomes in remote Australian Indigenous communities. Their mission is to work together to enrich lives, improve health and strengthen the future of Indigenous youth and families.
Together with a broad range of corporate partners they are supporting positive and practical health outcomes in remote Australia. It is achieved by building positive long term partnerships, providing volunteer opportunities and leveraging ability to provide an authentic three way exchange between Red Dust, corporate partners and community.
The health disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains stubbornly large and this disparity is especially acute in remote parts of Australia. Children are not immune from this and yet are often the least equipped in society to stand up to the challenges.
Red Dust believes that good health is the key to a bright future and that better health outcomes can be achieved through positive two-way exchange with communities. They deliver innovative health programs in partnership with remote communities that encourage Indigenous youth and their families to learn more about health, strengthen cultural identity and inspire a healthy lifestyle.
The long-term vision is to see its unique ‘‘community-as-family’ program model delivered in all remote communities that can benefit from them and to build local sustainability so community can benefit year-round.
Within five years Red Dust's aim is to see twenty-five communities benefiting from at least one Red Dust program with staff engaged in remote communities to support program delivery.
Red Dust's programs have been developed and revised over two-decades in consultation with community elders and leaders and delivered through strong partnerships with schools, community leaders, clinics, youth services and other local organisations. These programs are designed to contribute to four key, measurable goals of improving health; realising identity; pursuing aspirations; and building cross-cultural competency.
Contact: Roberto Pietrobon, 03 9818 1744