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Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) acknowledges the traditional owners of the country on which we work and live and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.
GCPHN commissions Kalwun Health Service to employ an Indigenous Health Project Officer and an Outreach Worker as part of the GCPHN Integrated Team Care Program to support mainstream General Practice's to help to close the gap on the Gold Coast by:
Compiling local data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (AT&SIH) assessments and patients to identify culturally sensitive service delivery needs among Gold Coast general practices.
Providing cultural safety training to primary health care providers to ensure they are well versed in culturally appropriate service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
Conducting practice visits to inform local providers about Closing the Gap and associated initiatives and programs.
Working in partnership with Regional Care Coordinators to facilitate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with ongoing complex care needs.
Driving the completion rates of vaccinations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the 0-7 years age group, as part of Chronic Disease Management.
Contributing to the Karulbo Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnership Advisory Council and Elders Council.
Working with the QLD Chronic Disease Wellness Program Coordinator to develop ‘Mungulli’ Indigenous focused Allied Health education sessions within selected practices.
Mainstream Indigenous Outreach Worker
Indigenous Health Project Officer
Care Coordination and Supplementary Services
Services can be accessed at the Kalwun Bilinga, Miami and Oxenford clinics, and through outreach in the community.
Support is provided via outreach into community, at other services the person is engaged with, and also at the Bilinga location.
Referrals to the service can be received from health care providers, community services and self-referrals.
In the instance that the treatment needs of the service user can be met by a more appropriate service (for example youth AOD treatment service) a supported referral will be provided.
Closing the Gap is a commitment made by Australian Governments in 2008 to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to six specific targets and timelines to reduce disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
These targets are to:
Although many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a good standard of living, too many experience unacceptable levels of disadvantage in living standards, life expectancy, education, health and employment. In Queensland the life expectancy gap is currently estimated at 10.4 years for males and 8.9 years for females. During 2002-2006 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under five died at around three times the rate of non-Indigenous children (305.2 compared with 102.4 deaths per 100,000).
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 outlines the strategies to be employed to make health systems accessible, culturally safe and appropriate, effective and responsive for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The plan has identified the six leading drivers of the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Queenslanders as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancers, injuries and mental disorders. Strategies to ‘close the gap’ encompass mothers and babies, children, youth, adults and older people. They aim to empower communities to increase their social and emotional wellbeing and retain a strong connection to country and culture.
The health plan will guide Commonwealth investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for the next decade, with the ultimate goal being to achieve equality of health status and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.
NACCHO is the national peak body for Aboriginal health. It is entrusted to represent the needs and interests of Aboriginal health on behalf of its members in the national arena.
The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) leads the planning, development and delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the Indigenous population of South East Queensland (SEQ).
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health
Advance Care Planning
Alcohol & Other Drugs (AoDS)
Cancer Screening and Checks
Care at the End of Life
Digital Health - My Health Record
General Practice Liaison Unit (GPLU)
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
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Practice-based Population Health Management Program
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