In South Eastern NSW, over 20,000 people identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or 3.5% of the resident population.
Aboriginal people also experience significantly poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal people, and have done so for many decades. This inequality is unacceptable. At COORDINARE, we believe there is a role for all services, whether Aboriginal community-controlled or mainstream, to work together to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people across the region.
Aboriginal health is a key priority area at COORDINARE. You can read our Health priority: Aboriginal health statement for more information.
For a snapshot of Aboriginal health statistics relevant to the South Eastern NSW region, click here.
Integrated Team Care (ITC) is a program that aims to achieve better treatment and management of chronic conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The ITC team work closely with Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and local GPs to address the individual health needs and cultural needs of Aboriginal people and communities, while increasing access to mainstream health services.
The ITC program focuses on improving care coordination and providing access to the required services, as well as the provision of supplementary services. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have had a chronic condition for at least six months may be eligible for the program. Some examples of chronic conditions include:
There are a number of Care Coordinators available across the region, including:
Below is a list of support services and helplines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Below is a list of state-based and national Indigenous health organisations for GPs, practice nurses and allied health professionals.
Below is a list of resources for consumers and health practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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