Aboriginal Health

Western Sydney is home for many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from different first nations communities across Australia, 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

  • Build integrated and culturally appropriate solutions to address health care needs.

Aboriginal Health – Commissioning programs in the community:

Integrated Team Care (ITC) - As part of the ITC funding, WentWest has commissioned Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service (GWAHS) whose role is to work with the local community to improve the health of local Aboriginal patients whom have a chronic health condition.

 Information about the program, who can access the program and how the team at GWAHS can support you, is available on the GWAHS website or contact them on (02) 9836 7300.

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).

WentWest would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Nation Peoples and the Traditional Custodians of this land. We value their culture, identity, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We would like to acknowledge and give our respect to Elders past, present and future.

We are committed to making a valued contribution to the well-being of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of western Sydney

 

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