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.
Community brokerage alcohol and other drugs program for women and children – Waminda South Coast Women’s Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation as the lead agency
Waminda, in partnership with the other ACCHOs on the South Coast (IAMS, SCMSAC, Katungal and Oolong House), provides wrap-around, holistic services for Aboriginal women who are experiencing alcohol and other drug addictions. The brokerage program also leverages other services and supports that assist women to reduce the harm associated with substance misuse and improve their social and health outcomes. 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:
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.
After Hours Service for Aboriginal people in the Shoalhaven
Delivered jointly by Waminda and SCMSAC, the After Hours Service provides culturally-based and community-led support service for local Aboriginal people and their families 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 state / territory-based and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations for health professionals.
Below is a list of other support services and helplines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
Below is a list of resources for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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