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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health

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.

 


 


About Closing the Gap

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:
 

  • Close the life expectancy gap within a generation
  • Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade
  • Ensure all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years
  • Halve the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade
  • Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade
  • Halve the gap in Indigenous Year 12 achievement by 2020

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

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.
National A&TSI Health Plan 2013-2023


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.  
 

Closing the gap on the Gold Coast

GCPHN commissions Kalwun Health Service to employ a 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.
 


 

Contact the Closing the Gap team

Martie Wighton - Indigenous Health Project Officer
martie.wighton@kalwun.com.au
Kalwun Head Office 07 5578 3434  |  Mobile 0428 440 311


Tracy Smith - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Outreach Worker
tracy.smith@kalwun.com.au
Kalwun Head Office 07 5578 3434  |  Mobile 0439 908 281

 

There are a range of organisations and groups providing specialised health, wellbeing and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region.

Kalwun Health Service

2020 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Visit the Kalwun Health Service website

Kalwun Health Services offers a unique combination of primary health care and community-based services to the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Current statistics indicates that there is a significant need for quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, health promotion, prevention and intervention workshops, dental and outreach services within this region. We believe that by employing competent staff and providing patients with exposure to a variety of clinical and non-clinical programs, and an organised and responsive approach to the management of accidents, illnesses and disease, we are a medical and dental service of choice in the Gold Coast region.

Krurungal

Krurungal is a non profit organisation to assist Gold Coast Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community.

F5 and F9 Eastern Avenue "Airport Central", Coolangatta

Visit the Krurungal facebook page 
Krurungal is a non profit organisation to assist Gold Coast Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community.

Peak Bodies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)

QAIHC is the Queensland Affiliate of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and works closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Substance Misuse Sector, auspicing the operation of its peak body – the Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council (QISMC).

Visit the QAIHC website

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

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.

Visit the NACCHO website

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