Aboriginal Health Services

There are multiple services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being funded by Country SA PHN. The areas of funding include:

Integrated Team Care

Previously known as Closing the Gap

What is Closing the Gap (CTG)?

Historically, the Closing the Gap Strategy arose from the Closing the Gap Campaign, which was a campaign designed to increase the profile of the findings of the Social Justice Report of 2005 by the then Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma. The campaign gained traction through support of the community, and supported by over 40 organisations. The campaign began as the National Indigenous Health Equality Campaign, which was formed in March 2006 by these organisations:

  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)
  • Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
  • Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia (IDAA)
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR).

The Coalition of Australian Governments in 2007 had committed to a strategy named Closing the Gap and had designed National Partnership responses as a result.

What is Integrated Team Care (ITC)?

Integrated Team Care is one of four responses by the CTG Strategy: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease developed through the Coalition of Australian Governments and funded through the Indigenous Australians Health Programme.

ITC is formerly the Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Health Program and Care Coordination and Supplementary Services Program. Both programs have been integrated to deliver a coordinated team approach.

The purpose of Integrated Team Care is to:

  • Contribute to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care; and
  • Contribute to closing the gap in life expectancy by improved access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
ITC Services

As the Country SA PHN are a commissioning body, these services are delivered by a range of local service providers. Please see the table below to find your local provider.

Region

Service Provider

Contact Details

Far West Coast

Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service

Ph: (08) 8626 2500
Fax: (08) 8626 2530
Email: website@ckahsac.org.au 
Web: http://www.ckahsac.org.au/
Service Location: 1 Eyre Hwy Ceduna, SA 5690

Southern Eyre

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service

Ph: (08) 8683 0162
Fax: (08) 8683 0126
Email: reception@plahs.org.au 
Web: http://www.plahs.org.au/
Service Location: 19A Oxford Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Port Augusta and Flinders

Whyalla and Upper Eyre

Country and Outback Health

Ph: (08) 8643 5600
Fax (08) 8642 3766
​Web: http://cobh.com.au/
Service Location: 12 Chapel Street, Port Augusta SA 5700

Coober Pedy and Surrounds

Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Ph: (08) 8672 5255
Fax: (08) 8672 3349
Email: umoona@uths.com.au 
Web: www.uths.com.au
Service Location: 8 Umoona Rd, Coober Pedy SA 5723

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Nganampa Health Council

Ph: (08) 8954 9040
Fax: (08) 8956 7850
Web: http://www.nganampahealth.com.au/
Service Location: Umuwa

Barossa, Gawler, Yorke and Mid North

Northern Health Network

Ph: (08) 8209 0700
Fax: (08) 8252 9433
Email: enquiry@northernhealth.net 
Web: http://www.northernhealth.net/
Service Location: 2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113

Murray Mallee incorporating Fleurieu

Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service

Ph: (08) 8531 0289
Service Location: 2 Clara Street, Murray Bridge, SA 5253

Riverland

Riverland Division of General Practice

Ph: (08) 8582 3823
Fax: (08) 8582 3190
Email: info@riverlandgp.org.au 
Web: http://www.riverlandgp.org.au/
Service Location: 3 Riverview Drive, Berri, SA, 5343

South East

Pangula Mannamurna Inc

Ph: (08) 8724 7270
Fax: (08) 8724 7378
Email: reception@pangula.org.au 
Web: http://pangula.org.au/
Service Location: 191 Commercial St West, Mount Gambier SA 5290

ITC Resources and Further Information

There are a range of information and resources available to assist in improving mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Other Resources

Country SA PHN

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Prime Ministers Report on Closing the Gap

Miscellaneous Resources

Chronic Disease Management

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in South Australia are recognised as:

  • Providing culturally safe environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access health services.
  • Having service delivery models that are different to the way mainstream services provide services including addressing social determinants of inequitable health outcomes.
  • Understanding and addressing some of the social determinants that act as barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from accessing health services.
  • Having significant evidence bases in which service delivery is built upon.
  • Providing key links between mainstream health services and their community.
  • Working in remote and difficult situations servicing the most disadvantaged people in Australia.

Country SA PHN work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in country South Australia to deliver local solutions to national problems. The Department of Health have provided a set of guiding principles in which to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations which set the platform for working together.

Health Promotion, Illness Prevention and Early Detection

Funding for Health Promotion, Illness Prevention and Early Detection has been provided to some Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.  These agreements have been negotiated with the organisations involved who had identified the particular needs of their communities and services and designed their funding around those needs.

Service Providers include:

  • Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service
  • Nganampa Health Council

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs

A variety of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs services are being provided by Aboriginal organisations in order to provide services specifically to Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander people.

Service Providers include:

  • Aboriginal Sobriety Group
  • Far West Aboriginal Women’s Council Incorporated
  • Nganampa Health Council
  • Ninkowar Inc
  • Pangula Mannamurna
  • Umoona Tjutagku Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

The Country SA PHN Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs team manages the service agreements for these services, while the Aboriginal Health Policy Team provides cultural advocacy advice.

Aged Care

Funding has been provided to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to deliver services provided through Silver Connections.

Service Providers include:

  • Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service

Silver connections is managed by the Country SA PHN Regional Strategies and Service Design team, while the Aboriginal Health Policy Team provides cultural advocacy advice.