We are proudly based in an area with one of the largest urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in the nation. Improving and supporting Aboriginal health in Western Sydney is of critical concern for us and forms part of our health priorities for the region.
Closing the Gap
Working with the local community and organisations around Western Sydney and with the drive of our Aboriginal Health team, we ensure there is accessibility of services, health literacy and the management of health conditions to provide holistic and culturally appropriate support to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Some programs we facilitate are:
The Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program (formerly known as Care Coordination and Supplementary Services or CCSS) is a service that contributes to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through access to care coordination, multidisciplinary care and support for self-management. It improves access to culturally appropriate, mainstream primary care services, including but not limited to, general practice, allied health and specialists. Health professionals can access the referral form on the Western Sydney ITC website.
Our Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training is designed to improve the capacity of mainstream primary health services within the region by providing a cultural understanding to general practices, specialists and allied health professionals, to develop cultural respect and safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It specifically deals with cross-cultural awareness, involving working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities and improves cultural competence when working together in a health context. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are no longer running this training face-to-face but are working towards offering webinars. Visit our Events Calendar to find out when the next session is available.
To support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members living with chronic health conditions, we’ve collaborated with Game Change Personal Training a program known as Burbaga Burwara Health Challenge who enter Western Sydney teams to participate in the NSW Knockout Health Challenge. The Challenge has moved to an online mode and aims to help participants develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We’re also funding Too Deadly for Diabetes – a 10-week program for people with, or at risk of developing, type 2 Diabetes. Expertly facilitated by one of Australia’s leading health professionals Ray Kelly, the program provides participants with a meal plan, exercise program, education and motivation with the aim of losing weight, improving health and reducing diabetic risk factors.
Reconciliation Action Plan
By supporting the national reconciliation movement and closing the service gap, we’ve adopted the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) framework to develop and strengthen relationships within the organisation and the Western Sydney community. To find out more about our RAP journey, visit our RAP webpage.
The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) have partnered with Quitline to create a social awareness campaign highlighting the harmfulness of second hand smoke. Our Aboriginal Health team and participants from our Mums and Bubs Program were also involved in establishing the social marketing strategies. Watch the video online via the WSLHD YouTube channel.
Progressing Health Now
Find out more about our other Services and Programs available for Western Sydney community members.