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Better health care for Indigenous patients

CEO of Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service John Ireland (at back), with BACHS staff, Margaret West, Deakin Orcher and Therese Gale. Photo TWH

The Western NSW Primary Health Network is promising better health care for Aboriginal people living with chronic illnesses in Western NSW, from 2023.

According to the WNSW PHN, the new “Integrated Team Care” (ITC) program, funded by the Australian Government, will support Aboriginal people living with chronic conditions and will be fully operational from January 1, 2023.

This new ITC program, which holds the promise of ‘healthcare closer to home’, follows community consultations held in western NSW between July 2021 and February 2022.

These consultations identified areas of improvement to deliver better outcomes for patients, including better coordination of healthcare and assisting patients to navigate complex service delivery, including specialist services.

Local delivery of the program was also identified as being vital for residents to ensure the service can be tailored to specific community requirements.

WNSW PHN CEO, Andrew Coe, says the ITC Program has the potential to make a massive difference to the wellbeing of Indigenous people.

“Integrated Team Care presents a brilliant opportunity to bring real, positive, and lasting impacts to the lives and wellbeing of our region’s Aboriginal residents,” Mr Coe said.

“The revision of the program through the co-design process we have undertaken with local providers and communities means we can utilise the expertise and local knowledge of Aboriginal healthcare organisations and their employees to create a program that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the local population.”

Mr Coe has also thanked the current program provider Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation which has been assisting many of our region’s residents with delivery of the Marrabinya Program.

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