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 and patient consent form via our Western Sydney HealthPathways website.
Mums and Bubs Program is a 10-week Nutritional Cooking workshop that teaches and encourages mums to cook easy, nutritional and affordable meals for their families. The program runs at Mount Druitt TAFE and is available to mums of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children. Community members can register by contacting the Aboriginal Health team at email@example.com or 8811 7145. Health professionals are welcome to encourage eligible patients to register.
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. 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 local organisations to establish a team to participate in the NSW Knockout Health Challenge. The Challenge aims to help participants develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Registrations are now open and close on 2 March 2020.
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.
To find out more about the NSW Knockout Health Challenge or the Too Deadly for Diabetes Program in Western Sydney, contact our Aboriginal Health team firstname.lastname@example.org or 8811 7100. Health professionals are encouraged to refer eligible patients who may benefit from these initiatives.
Aboriginal Health Team
To enable us to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the above health initiatives and programs, we have established a dedicated Aboriginal Health team. The team work closely with local Aboriginal organisations and service providers, forming strong relationships that help identify regional needs and in turn close the service gap. They also form part of our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group and conduct cultural awareness training to health professionals and staff.
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 other Programs and Priorities for Western Sydney.