In 2019/20 we commission a running total of
Aboriginal health services
worth over $4.2 million dollars across the Adelaide metropolitan region
of Primary Health Care for Aboriginal People and Improving Chronic Disease Management
This year, we continued working towards preventing hospitalisations and increasing access to primary health care by assisting Aboriginal people to better manage their chronic health conditions via the Closing the Gap Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program.
The ITC program is delivered across three sites within the Adelaide region, and works at a local level by engaging with community, health care providers and Aboriginal organisations.
Cultural Learning for Primary Health Care Professionals
We have continued to commission cultural learning sessions for primary health care providers across the metropolitan region to embed culturally safe practices and build the capacity of primary health care providers to appropriately engage with Aboriginal people.
This year, we held 11 cultural learning sessions for over 132 primary health care professionals across Adelaide.
Throughout the year, our Closing the Gap ITC Program provided
23,640 CARE COORDINATION SERVICES
7,269 OUTREACH SERVICES
4,168 CLINICAL SERVICES
2,603 SUPPLEMENTARY SERVICES
1,851 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Increasing Aboriginal Participation in Cancer Screening
Our commissioned Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program is now in its second year of operation and has supported the recruitment of Aboriginal community ambassadors to deliver culturally appropriate cancer information and yarning circles across Adelaide.
The yarning circles encourage culturally appropriate discussions, help build connections with community and break down barriers for Aboriginal people, especially those who have never been screened or are under screened.
Our Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program supported over 62 participants and our community peer ambassadors delivered nine yarning circles to Aboriginal communities
Enhancing headspace Centres to Improve Capacity and Delivery of Culturally Appropriate Care
Our Enhancing headspace Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Project continued to support Adelaide metropolitan headspace centres in improving their capacity to deliver culturally appropriate, sensitive and safe primary mental health care services for young Aboriginal people at risk of, or experiencing, mental health conditions.
The project has two main components. The first is the commissioning of a cultural advisory service to work closely with the headspace centre to improve their cultural competency. The second provides additional funding for four Aboriginal youth peer workers, one at each headspace site. This initiative aims to increase the representation of young Aboriginal people in the primary mental health care workforce and support their retention through cultural mentoring and funded training in the field.
Winmante: A Community Led GP Service
Supported by Adelaide PHN, Winmante was established for the community and by community in response to an identified gap in culturally appropriate GP services in the southern regions of Adelaide.
Over the last year, the service has continued to establish partnerships and formalise pathways with other local health care providers to ensure there is an integrated approach to the provision of care for Aboriginal people. Service hours have expanded from three days a week to five, with a GP onsite for those days.
Throughout the year, Winmante saw 2,467 clients, including 803 young people.
The Indigenous health project officers, working as part of our Closing the Gap ITC program, provided
and community organisations
promoting access and
improving coordination of care for Aboriginal people