Aboriginal health

In South Eastern NSW, over 25,800 people identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or 4.2% of the resident population. 

Aboriginal people experience significantly poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal people, and have done so for many decades. At COORDINARE, we believe there is a role for all services, whether Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) or mainstream providers, to work together to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people across the region.

Aboriginal health is a key priority area for COORDINARE. Read our Aboriginal health statement for more information or download a copy of our Aboriginal Health Report Card for 2018/19 to learn about some of our key achievements in Aboriginal health.

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

Integrated Team Care (ITC)

The focus of this program is to improve care coordination and access to services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ITC services are available at the following providers:

For more information, see our ITC flyer.

Drug and Alcohol Brokerage and Community Support Program – Waminda South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation as the lead agency

Waminda, in partnership with IAMSSCMSAC, and Katungul, provides wrap-around, holistic services for Aboriginal women and their families affected by substance misuse in the in the Illawarra Shoalhaven and Far South Coast regions. Call (02) 4421 7400 or for more information, click here.

Linked - Yass Aboriginal Youth Program - Marathon Health

This service provides care coordination for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who seek assistance in negotiating care from a range of health and community providers. Visit the Marathon Health website here.

Mudjilali Aboriginal Men's Group – Lives Lived Well

Culturally-based drug and alcohol information and support for men on the South Coast. The focus of this program is to provide peer support through offering informal group activities to build leadership, a sense of identity and empowerment for Aboriginal men of all ages. Find out more here, or watch this video.

Mental health services 

COORDINARE funds culturally safe mental health services at:

Strong Foundations

SCMSAC delivers Strong Foundations (formerly known as Koori Kids Wellbeing) early intervention and prevention support and mental health education to Aboriginal children in years 3 to 6 and their families. The aim of the program is to promote help-seeking behaviour and help children build resilience. The program is held weekly during the school term. It is delivered to seven primary schools in the Shoalhaven area. The program is inclusive of a school-based group program, counselling and school holiday activities. For more information, click here.

Strong Yawa (speak / talk) after hours support for Aboriginal peoples in the Shoalhaven

Strong Yawa (speak / talk) after hours support service for the Shoalhaven region. This service is delivered by Waminda and the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation for local Aboriginal peoples who are experiencing suicidality, acute mental illness, and / or alcohol and other drug issues. 

Community-based palliative and end of life program with Aboriginal communities

Waminda’s community-based palliative and end of life program with Aboriginal communities aims to improve coordinated palliative and end of life care for Aboriginal people living in the Shoalhaven. The aim is to increase capacity and awareness through training and credentialing three Aboriginal health workers in advanced palliative and end of life care; increasing health literacy; and providing a range of resources to Aboriginal communities and their health care workers. 

For more information on how commissioning works, click here.

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