AMRRIC led education programs in the Remote Service Delivery sites of Doomadgee and Mornington Island (Qld) and Amata and Mimili (SA) ended last month with positive evaluations from participating communities.
In partnership with remote communities and their existing community health programs, a range of engaging dog health education resources were developed incorporating interactive tools and local languages. Children, young people, and adults alike participated in creating culturally sensitive talking books, animated powerpoint presentations, and posters to encourage responsible pet guardianship and effective infectious disease control.
While dog numbers and general animal health and welfare in participating communities have improved over the last 10 years due to dog programs, issues such as dog behaviour and some aspects of dog health continue to cause concern amongst community residents” Said Dr Sophie Constable, AMRRIC Education Officer.
“The involvement of so many different members of the community in the development of all the resources has ensured positive support and builds awareness on the subject. Residents were pleased, excited and proud to listen to their recordings and see their work in the final product.” Throughout the communities of Pukatja, Amata, Fregon and Mimili in South Australia, there was a resounding encouragement for the dog health education program and its resources. Resources were “palya” (good job), and “impressive”. In Queensland’s Mornington Island, resources were met with equally enthusiastic responses and additional orders for the talking books for broad community use. Additional training provided to local Indigenous Animal Management Workers to build skills in computers, resource making, and public presentations was also positively received.
While AMRRIC’s education programs in these Remote Service Delivery sites has ended, this trial process has paved the way for new projects and collaborations. We hope to continue supporting these remote communities in their efforts to achieve healthy, happy, and safe animals and communities.