Working In Locationally Disadvantaged Communities is a learning by doing training program. Learning by doing is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills through active involvement with practical real-world experience. Participants are given the opportunity to apply theory to real life problems.

Chief Investigator

Andrew Reid

Project Coordinator

Siggi Zapart

Team Member

Fiona Haigh

Project Rationale

Locationally disadvantaged communities typically have high levels of concentrated disadvantage, unemployment, poor educational outcomes, and poor access to services and infrastructure. The material deprivation & increased stressors faced by residents living in these communities impact on their health & wellbeing which creates challenges to the public health workforce. In 2006, a needs assessment, conducted to understand the capacity of the health workforce working in locational disadvantage, found that there was a limited understanding in the workforce of how to identify & implement effective interventions.  The Working in Locationally Disadvantaged Communities (WiLDC) program was developed by CHETRE to address these workforce needs with the aim of building workforce capacity and engaging communities.

Project Aim/s

To improve the knowledge and skill of health and human service workers and community groups in improving the health of people living in disadvantaged communities.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the general features of locationally disadvantaged communities
  2. Undertake a community needs assessment
  3. Design and implement a plan for improving the health and well-being of people living in a disadvantaged area.

Project Design and Method

Education and training workshops



Andrew Reid Phone: 02 8738 9310 Email:

Key Partners

SWSLHD Population Health


SWSLHD Population Health

Project lead centre
Project stream
Health Environment