Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria have good or excellent health, but as a group, they have poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Culturally safe, person, family and community-centred care lies at the heart of good Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.


Addressing Needs

Recent consultations with the local Aboriginal community by the Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative showed that needs should be addressed by delivering:

  • a broad range of culturally safe services and programs
  • relevant services and programs in various locations
  • affordable services.

Local services for Aboriginal people

Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd. (DDACL), including the Bunurong Health Service, is the key local Aboriginal Controlled health organisation.

DDACL have a range of specialised services and programs for the Aboriginal community.

Ngwala Willumbong is another local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. Ngwala Willumbong deliver alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation and outreach support services.

Bunjilwarra is a Koori youth alcohol and drug healing service, located on the Mornington Peninsula, for those people drug-free and ready to address addiction management goals.

Aboriginal Health Liaisons and services exist within the local health networks:

Aboriginal gathering places strengthen communities through sharing cultural heritage, and participation in health, recreation and social activities. They are also a resource for the broader Australian community to learn and connect. Gathering places are established in Hastings, Frankston, Doveton and Mordialloc.


Practice Incentive Payment Indigenous Health Incentive

The Practice Incentive Payment Indigenous Health Incentive (PIP IHI) supports general practices to provide better health care for Aboriginal people, including best practice management for those with, or at risk of chronic disease. PIP IHI is one of the measures practices can take to help Close-the-Gap.

  • The five steps to excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare – RACGP summary sheet 
  • PIP Indigenous Health Incentive guidelines.

Integrated Team Care (ITC)

SEMPHN commissioned Star Health, in partnership with The Salvation Army, Access Health program, and the Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Limited (DDACL), in partnership with Peninsula Health and Nairm Marr Djambana to develop, implement and administer Integrated Team Care (ITC) program from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2018.

For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Caroline,Indigenous Health Project Officer (IHPO) Coordinator.

Please click here to view the ITC brochure.

To refer a patient call and ask for an ITC Care Coordinator on:

Star Health: 9066 1567

Bunurong Health Service (DDACL): 9794 5933

Peninsula Health: Intake Access 1300 665 781

Read more about Commissioning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.


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