Western Sydney is home for many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, with about 4% of the population identifying as Aboriginal. In particular, large numbers of Aboriginal people live in the Blacktown with some suburbs in this Local Government Area facing substantial socioeconomic challenges.
Improving Aboriginal Health in western Sydney is of critical concern for WentWest and forms part of the PHN’s health priorities for the region. Together with the local community and its partners the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN), WentWest is building an Aboriginal Health Plan which will seek to:
profile Aboriginal Health in western Sydney;
identify service gaps including the provision and accessibility of services, health literacy and the management of health conditions; and
build integrated and culturally appropriate solutions to address health care needs.
As part of its Integrated Team Care initiative, WentWest is working closely with the Sydney West Aboriginal Health Service
to commission an Aboriginal Health team whose role it is to work with the local community to improve the health of local Aboriginal patients whom have a chronic health condition. The team works closely across many sectors, including community health, education, justice, housing and employment agencies to provide holistic support for its clients, also ensuring services that are provided meet the needs of the community and are culturally appropriate.
More information on Aboriginal Health can be found at healthywestersydney.org.au (for consumers and community) and healthpathways.org.au
(for GPs and health professionals).