Working together as a catalyst for change: the development of a peer mentoring model for the prevention of chronic disease in Australian Indigenous communities

Gail Paasse, Karen Adams

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This paper outlines the development of a model for an Indigenous peer mentoring program. The aim of this program is to improve the health of Indigenous people living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Although the benefits of peer mentoring are well documented, particularly in relation to disease prevention, little has been written about the specific benefits for Indigenous people. While developing this model, it became apparent that to be successful, peer mentoring programs for Indigenous people need to be flexible, informal and draw on the knowledge and skills of the local community in partnership with local services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-219
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • chronic disease prevention
  • community consultation

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