Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Working together for better
Our goal is to ensure that primary health services and the health service system across the Murray PHN catchment area is responsive to the needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This is a whole organisation approach and will be achieved by:
- Increasing basic human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by reducing racism and discrimination in health services
- Focusing on mental health as a key health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
- Building our relationship and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Building capacity of ACCHOs to meet identified needs through improved health workforce and capacity.
- Building knowledge and understanding within health policy and practice.
On Tuesday 2 August Murray PHN met with local Aboriginal health services from across our region to establish and strengthen existing networks and pathways.
Map of country
Central role of ACCHOs
- They are at the heart of Aboriginal communities.
- Are grounded in local values and culture.
- Provide opportunities for engagement and participation.
- Provide high quality, evidence based health care.
- Are part of our organisations collaboration across the health system
VACCHO/NACCHO Members in the Murray PHN catchment:
- Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS)
- Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BDAC)
- Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS)
- Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation
- Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
- Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative
- VACCHO Auspice Services
- Kerang Aboriginal Community Centre
- Swan Hill and District Aboriginal Co-operative
Integrated Team Care (ITC)
Integrated Team Care (ITC) combines the past programs of Care Coordination and Supplementary Services (CCSS) and Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care (IIAMPC). ITC builds on the success of these activities and uses a team-based approach for the provision of coordinated multidisciplinary care.
ITC aims to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions and to contribute to closing the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Murray PHN has commissioned several providers across the region to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access primary care services and to provide care coordination to eligible people. ITC providers also play a key role in improving access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For information and access to ITC please contact the following ITC Providers in the Murray PHN catchment, or alternatively contact the Murray PHN regional offices located in Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury and Mildura by clicking here.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patient fact sheet
- GPV ID poster
- Koolin Balit cultural resource guide
- PIP Indigenous Health Incentive patient registration and consent form (IP017)
- Indigenous-health-incentive- Multiple Patient Registration and Consent
- Practice Incentive Program and general practice change to authorised contact Person(s)
- Eye health and optometry services
- ITC Activity Implementation Guideline 2018-19 to 2020-21
- Public Dental Health Services
- Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers
- The diabetes story
- Diabetes Victoria: Aboriginal resources developed with VACCHO