Aboriginal health

Our region is home to over 25,800 Aboriginal people on the lands of the Yuin, Dharawal, Ngunnawal/Ngambri and Ngarigo Nations. Aboriginal people represent 4.2% of our local population. Working in partnership with ACCHOs and Aboriginal people is a key priority for COORDINARE to address unacceptable health inequities and improve health and wellbeing.

We commission targeted services for Aboriginal people needing care coordination, mental health and suicide prevention support, and drug and alcohol services. We also work with mainstream primary care to develop and improve meaningful cultural safety as we continue our journey of reconciliation. Tackling inequity is part of our journey and a focus of our future actions as we work toward reconciliation. There is a role for all services, both Aboriginal community-controlled and mainstream, to work together to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people in the region.

Our action

Our first Aboriginal health statement laid solid foundations for our work. Our Action Plan: Aboriginal Health will focus on how COORDINARE can contribute to ‘Closing the Gap’ in health outcomes for Aboriginal people and their communities across South Eastern NSW. We will continue to work in partnership with the ACCHOs in our region to co-design and commission services specifically for Aboriginal people. We will strengthen our consultation and engagement with Aboriginal communities, increase our profile of Aboriginal-identified staff, and broaden Aboriginal input and representation on our governance structures, including at the Board level. We will launch our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan and establish an Aboriginal Health Council as part of the formal governance arrangements of the organisation.

Download a copy of our Aboriginal Health Report Card for 2020-21 to learn about some key improvements in Aboriginal health, led by local service providers and the community. You can also read our 'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Innovate RAP.

Please see this snapshot of Aboriginal health in the region for more information.