We’re working to improve health outcomes for people in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, who experience significant health inequalities across a number of indicators, resulting in poorer life expectancy than the population as a whole.
The PHN partnered with 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in 2020/21. Together we delivered programs to improve access to culturally appropriate and high-quality healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the region.
The Integrated Team Care (ITC) program works to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in South East Queensland have the best possible access to appropriate health services.
It also provides care coordination services to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease who require coordinated, multidisciplinary care.
Delivered by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), the program is provided by a team of Indigenous Health Project Officers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Outreach Workers and Care Coordinators.
During 2020/21, IUIH’s ITC activity delivered services to 875 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with 131 being new this year.
The ITC team facilitated cultural awareness training sessions with 96 participants from across the region. The sessions were attended by GPs, practice managers, dietitians, psychologists, admin staff and other allied health professionals.
Funded by the PHN, social and emotional wellbeing health services are provided via the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health, through the Moreton and Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services (ATSICHSs) at Caboolture, Deception Bay, Margate, Morayfield, Northgate and Strathpine.
Moreton and Brisbane ATSICHSs are comprehensive medical health services offering whole-of-life healthcare, with GPs, dentists, child health clinics, optometrists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, dieticians, aged care services, psychologists, counsellors, and more.
Mental health is just one aspect that is embedded into the IUIH system of care and the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Health team work with people presenting with social and mental health issues. The team includes care coordinators, outreach workers, mentors, social workers, addiction medicine specialist, counsellors and psychologists who provide a bridge between ATSICHs and people’s care needs.
During 2020/21 IUIH’s Social Health team supported 1038 clients.
A Mental Health First Aid course was delivered to the Integrated Team Care staff and PHN staff working within the program. Led by an experienced and qualified Aboriginal Auntie, the course was held in October 2020 and assisted staff to recharge their social and emotional wellbeing following the first COVID-19 lockdown.
In 2020/21 the PHN commissioned outreach health services into Zillmere’s Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten and Preschool, and C&K Caboolture Community Kindergarten and Preschool.
The program supported 142 children via group or individual sessions, with 114 referrals to other health services.