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:

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 diabetes risk factors.

Hear the testimonials of some of the program’s participants: Too Deadly for Diabetes in Emerton

To find out more about these activities contact the Commissioning team at commissioning@wentwest.com.au or the Aboriginal Health team at aboriginalhealth@wentwest.com.au   

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

Phone: 8080 0522
Fax: 8080 0524
Email: admin@westernsydneyitc.com.au 

Since 1996, the Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation has been providing culturally safe counselling and referral services primarily for Western Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community affected by drug and alcohol abuse, and non-acute mental health issues. Marrin Weejali provides counselling, group therapy, referrals and transition assistance, health support, case management and community work.

Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation connects Aboriginal community members to services that help them recover from trauma, reconnect to their community, and build a sense of self-worth and confidence. Baabayn has strong contacts in the community and prides itself on providing a welcoming environment where individuals and families can heal.

The Shed is a welcoming community environment that supports the wellbeing of its members by supporting them in connecting with mental health, physical health, housing, financial, disability, legal and cultural services. The Shed specifically considers the social determinants of Aboriginal health as a direct indicator to address the complexities of suicide, suicide ideology and suicide attempts.

The Aboriginal Counselling Service (ACS) delivers culturally sensitive and safe mental health intervention and therapeutic counselling services to people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. ACS supports, empowers and assists clients to navigate the health system and manage their mental health conditions.

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.

Smoke-free Campaign

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.