Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Working to close the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Eastern Melbourne PHN’s Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Program aims to support Aboriginal communities in eastern and north eastern Melbourne through initiatives that provide better access to health and wellbeing services and which provide greater opportunities for Aboriginal Communities to develop services to their communities’ requirements.

The framework for achieving this is aligned to wider efforts to close the gap in life expectancy and health outcomes between Aboriginal peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

The Program:

  • identifies and acts on local Aboriginal Communities’ knowledge of their needs and how to address those needs
  • addresses the care coordination needs of Aboriginal people living with ongoing conditions such as diabetes and asthma
  • supports access to primary health, alcohol and other drug treatment, mental health and other types of services
  • ·       contributes to building a health system that provides high quality, accessible and culturally safe and appropriate health care
  • supports communities to access after-hours primary care, cancer screening and childhood immunisation.

Recent announcements:

The following Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) are based in eastern and north eastern Melbourne:

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service also provides services in our catchment.

Practice staff wanting to undertake Cultural Safety Training can access an on-line course through RACGP. Visit their website for more information.