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 lie at the heart of good Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.
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 delivers 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 and the Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Limited (DDACL) to develop, implement and administer Integrated Team Care (ITC) program from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2018. In July 2018 both Star Health and Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative Limited (DDACL) were engaged to continue delivering the program to 30 June 2021.
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
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South Eastern Melbourne PHN acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land our catchment covers, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people. We pay respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future, and uphold their relationship to this land.
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