Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health Services & Programs

Our Aboriginal Health Access Team is committed to improving the health and well being of Aboriginal people and their communities.
We recognise that to reduce the burden of chronic disease, a much greater effort is needed to deliver comprehensive and well-coordinated primary health care and prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our programs and services are tailor-made to the individual needs of the many and varied communities we service, but all are designed with the intention of educating and empowering Aboriginal people about health and well being in a culturally appropriate and safe way. For a full list of services provided by area please refer to the HealthWISE services map.

* Not all programs are available in all areas. For further information about available services in your area please contact HealthWISE directly on (02) 6766 1394.
Services by area:

Armidale
• Care Coordination and assistance to access medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE with funding assistance from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients must meet eligibility requirements. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Armajun Aboriginal Health Service depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Armidale Office.

• Aboriginal Outreach Worker providing support and practical assistance for clients to access primary health care, specialist and allied health care and or follow up care as required.

Gunnedah
• Aboriginal Health Workers providing case management and support to clients with a chronic condition, supporting access to primary health care services, and chronic disease lifestyle programs. To access the Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme or to find out more about the chronic disease lifestyle programs in your area, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Gunnedah Office.

• Care Coordination and assistance to medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE under ITC funding from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients receiving assistance under the ITC program (formerly the Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services program) must meet eligibility requirements. To access this program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Gunnedah Office.

Guyra
• Care Coordination and assistance to access medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE with funding assistance from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients must meet eligibility requirements. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Armajun Aboriginal Health Service depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Armidale Office.

Inverell
• Care Coordination and assistance to access medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE with funding assistance from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients must meet eligibility requirements. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Armajun Aboriginal Health Service depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Armidale Office.

•Aboriginal Outreach Worker providing support and practical assistance for clients to access primary health care, specialist and allied health care and or follow up care as required.

Moree
•Aboriginal Health Worker providing case management and support to clients with a chronic condition, access to primary health care services, and chronic disease lifestyle programs. To access the Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme or to learn more about lifestyle programs in your area, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Moree Office.
Aboriginal Outreach Worker providing support and practical assistance for clients to access primary health care, specialist and allied health care and or follow up care as required.

•Care Coordination and assistance to medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE under ITC funding from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients receiving assistance under the ITC program (formerly the Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services program) must meet eligibility requirements. As this is a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or Pius X Aboriginal Corporation staff, depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. This area also incorporates Toomelah and Boggabilla communities. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Moree Office.

Narrabri
• Care Coordination and assistance to medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE under ITC funding from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients receiving assistance under the ITC program (formerly the Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services program) must meet eligibility requirements. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Narrabri Office.

•Aboriginal Health Support Worker providing support to clients with a chronic condition, supporting access to primary health care services, and chronic disease lifestyle programs. To access the Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme or to learn more about lifestyle programs in your area, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Narrabri Office.

Quirindi
• Care Coordination and assistance to medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE under ITC funding from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients receiving assistance under the ITC program (formerly the Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services program) must meet eligibility requirements. To access this program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Tamworth Office.

• Aboriginal Outreach Worker providing support and practical assistance for clients to access primary health care, specialist and allied health care and or follow up care as required. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Walhallow Aboriginal Corporation depending on client’s preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Tamworth Office.

Tamworth
• Senior Aboriginal Health Worker and Aboriginal Health Practitioner providing case management and support to clients with a chronic condition, supporting access to primary health care services, and chronic disease lifestyle programs. To access the Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme or to find out more about lifestyle programs in your areas, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Tamworth Office.

• Care Coordination and assistance to medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE under ITC funding from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients receiving assistance under the ITC program (formerly the Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services program) must meet eligibility requirements. To access this program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and or contact the Tamworth Office.

• Aboriginal Outreach Worker providing support and practical assistance for clients to access primary health care, specialist and allied health care and or follow up care as required.

Tenterfield
• Care Coordination and assistance to access medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE with funding assistance from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients must meet eligibility requirements. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Armajun Aboriginal Health Service depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Armidale Office.

Walcha
• Care Coordination and assistance to access medical specialists for Aboriginal people with a chronic disease will be provided by HealthWISE with funding assistance from the PHN. Assistance may include: care coordination and case management, assistance with accessing appointments and or financial assistance where funding is available. Clients must meet eligibility requirements. As this a joint partnership program, clients may receive support from either HealthWISE staff or staff from partner organisation Armajun Aboriginal Health Service depending on the clients preferred GP Practice. To access the Integrated Team Care program, please complete a client consent form (available online) and contact the Armidale Office.

Health Access Programs
Integrated Team Care – formerly known as Coordinated Care and Supplementary Services and is inclusive of the Aboriginal Outreach Worker programs as funded by the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network. HealthWISE was successful in tendering for this program in the New England Region in partnership with Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, Pius X Aboriginal Corporation and Walhallow Aboriginal Corporation in January 2016.

The aims of the activities of the Integrated Team Care program are to:

• Improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care; and
• Contribute to closing the gap in life expectancy by improving access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Australian’s Health Programme – inclusive of the former Healthy for Life and Indigenous Primary Health Care programs as funded by the Department of Health. HealthWISE was successful in tendering for this program in the local government areas of Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri and Tamworth In January 2016.
(Please note: HealthWISE welcomes all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and whilst we commonly refer to Aboriginal people in a singular form, this is a reflection of our geographical area and predominant Aboriginal communities that reside within this region and not intended to exclude Torres Strait Islander people and families from accessing services).