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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

More than 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in South Western Sydney, with more than half  living in the Macarthur region. Aboriginal people represent 2.1% of our region’s total population. Our Aboriginal community is younger, on average, than the non-Aboriginal population due to a higher fertility rate, higher death rate, and shorter life expectancy. 

Compared to our non-Aboriginal population, our Aboriginal people: 

  • are three times more likely to be hospitalised for dialysis
  • are twice as likely to be hospitalised for mental health disorders, and endocrine diseases such as type 2 diabetes
  • have a higher death rate from all causes (cardiovascular diseases and malignant neoplasms remain the main causes of death)
  • are more likely to smoke during pregnancy (38% compared to 8%)
  • have a higher proportion of babies born with a low birthweight (16% compared to 7%)
  • have a higher immunisation rate for five-year-old children (97.1% compared to 94.6%)

 

South Western Sydney PHN is committed to supporting our Aboriginal communities and work towards Closing The Gap 

Southern Western Sydney PHN’s commitment to supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities includes:

  • Commissioning services with our local Aboriginal Community Organisations in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and preventative health screening
  • Commissioning South Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal Health Service to provide the Integrated Team Care program, supporting access to services and supports for Aboriginal people with chronic disease.
  • Supporting primary care to provide culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal people, including:
    • Provision of cultural awareness training for primary care
    • Assistance with register your Practice as an Aboriginal health provider through the Medicare Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive (IHI)
    • Supporting the use of 715 Health Assessments
  • Implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan across the organisation
  • Connecting with, planning and supporting Aboriginal health initiatives across South Western Sydney.

 

How can your Practice support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

General Practices play an important role in improving the healthcare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Primary care can provide access to programs designed to overcome health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal Australians in a culturally sensitive environment.

You can support your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the following ways:

 

Complete cultural competency training 

Check the CPD calendar for upcoming Cultural Awareness Training or see HealthPathways Cultural Competencies pathway for online options (HealthPathways login required to access link)

 

Register your Practice as an Aboriginal Health Provider

Speak to your Practice Support Officer about how to register your Practice as an Aboriginal health provider through the Medicare Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive (IHI)

 

Comply with Principles for Care Provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Ensure your Practice complies with the Principles for Care Provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (HealthPathways login required to access link)

 

Conduct 715 Health Assessments

Complete an annual 715 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Assessment. Guidance and access to relevant forms provided on HealthPathways; login required.

 

Funding support for your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Familiarise your staff with funding supports available for your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including:

  • PBS co-payment measures
  • Integrated Team Care supports for patients with a chronic disease

 

Refer your patients to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific services

Consider referrals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific services on HealthPathways. Login required to access this link.

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