Aboriginal health

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. 

You can read our Sorry Day acknowledgement here and our Reconciliation Week statement here

For a snapshot of Aboriginal health statistics relevant to the South Eastern NSW region, click here.

Integrated Team Care (ITC) program 

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: 

  • diabetes
  • eye health conditions associated with diabetes
  • mental health conditions
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • chronic kidney disease. 

There are a number of Care Coordinators available across the region, including:

Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service 

  • Wollongong - (02) 4229 9495
  • Dapto - (02) 4262 8777

South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation 

  • Nowra - (02) 4448 0200

Katungul Aboriginal Corporation 

  • Narooma - (02) 4476 2155
  • Bega - (02) 6492 0532
  • Batemans Bay - (02) 4488 4050

Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

  • Nowra - (02) 4421 7400

Grand Pacific Health 

  • Illawarra - (02) 4220 7645
  • Shoalhaven - (02) 4448 2203
  • Eurobodalla - (02) 4474 2783
  • Bega Valley and Cooma - (02) 6492 3768
  • Goulburn - (02) 4287 0508

Below is a list of support services and helplines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


If you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact COORDINARE at info@coordinare.org.au or on 1300 069 002.