Delivering Culturally Sensitive Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

WentWest Commissioning and Marketing and Communications staff with members of Western Sydney Integrated Team Care. Western Sydney Integrated Team Care (WSITC) improves health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through access to care coordination, multidisciplinary care and self-management support. It improves access to culturally appropriate, mainstream primary care services, […]

Men’s Health Day at the Shed Mount Druitt

Jelly Magirazi and Rowena Tagaloa (Western Sydney Primary Health Network), Donald Mulholland, Cultural Coordinator (The Shed), Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, Aboriginal Liaison Officer (Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network), and clients from The Shed. The Shed is a drop-in connection centre in Mount Druitt which provides a safe and welcoming environment where people can share their stories […]

WentWest Stories, ITC: Drew’s Story

  The Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program improves health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with chronic health conditions through access to care coordination, multidisciplinary care and self-management support. It improves access to culturally appropriate, mainstream primary care services, including general practice, allied health and specialists. Drew* was recently diagnosed with late-stage lung […]

The Shed: Social and Emotional Wellbeing for First Nations Peoples

Research shows that almost 50% of the burden of disease for First Nations Australians is due to modifiable risk factors, with mental health and substance use the biggest contributor[i]. Almost a quarter of First Nations Australians also self-report facing a diagnosed mental health or behavioural challenge[ii]. Shifting the narrative on health in Western Sydney begins […]

Advancing Reconciliation in Western Sydney

  National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June 2023) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible […]

Providing Appropriate Support to Our Western Sydney Aboriginal Community

  Currently, we will not hit the target to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians by 2031. Almost one-third (31.7%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience high or very high levels of psychological distress, compared to one in eight non-Indigenous Australians (12.3%)[i]. Unfortunately, these mental health needs are […]

WentWest Stories, CPS: Lindsay’s story

The Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) program assists people with severe and complex mental health concerns to build their capacity to manage day-to-day activities, strengthen their social skills and relationships, create employment and financial goals, and connect to support services. The Western Sydney Primary Health Network commissions community-based organisations to run the CPS program in Western […]

WentWest Stories, The Shed: Jerry’s Story

  The Shed is a safe, welcoming environment where people can share their stories in a non-judgemental setting. The service assists with mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and connects people to mental health services, Centrelink, housing, legal and therapeutic services. The WentWest Commissioning Team has worked with The Shed for over five years, supporting Western […]

WentWest Stories, Aboriginal Counselling Services: Uncle Dave’s Story

  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. The Western Sydney Primary Health Network supports ACS so that clients can be empowered and assisted in navigating the health system and managing their mental health. Uncle […]

WentWest Stories, Baabayn: Karri’s Story

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 organisation runs activities, drop-in support and […]