Aboriginal health encompasses holistic health care. To many Aboriginal people, health is about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural, community and spiritual health. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to suffer a greater burden of ill health than the rest of the population.

On any given day, an Indigenous person is twice as likely to die as a non-Indigenous person of the same age and gender. The life expectancy of both male and female Aboriginal people is estimated to be almost 17 years less than the general population. The infant mortality rate is almost twice as high among Indigenous children, than non-Indigenous children. The rate of diabetes is about three times more common in the Indigenous community than the non-Indigenous population.

Improving Aboriginal health in Western Australia is a critical concern for WAPHA. WA is home to over 69,000 Aboriginal people, with 27,278 living in the metro area and 41,970 living in more regional and remote areas.

What is WAPHA doing?

WAPHA commissions programs and services that are culturally appropriate for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the areas of;

  • Chronic condition management
  • Building cultural safety of general practice
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other Drug
  • Suicide prevention
  • WAPHA is currently in the process of developing an Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

WAPHA has an Aboriginal Health team who work across WAPHA to increase organisational capacity to build a health and social care system that is integrating care and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people in the three Primary Health Networks in WA. Together with our partners, WAPHA works to provide holistic support for Aboriginal people.

Integrated Team Care

WAPHA has appointed service providers for the Integrated Team Care (ITC) program across its three Primary Health Networks. ITC is the new service program that replaces the Care Coordination and Supplementary Services (CCSS) and Improving Indigenous Access to Mainstream Primary Care (IIAMPC) activities. The ITC program commenced on 2 January 2017.

The prime functions of ITC are:

  • For patients and health professionals to work collaboratively in the provision of culturally appropriate care; and
  • To provide funding where appropriate for the provision of specialist and allied health services.

Key resources

WA Integrated Team Care referral form [pdf] *

Integrated Team Care pamphlet [pdf]

Referral into the ITC program requires the WA ITC referral form to be completed by a GP and forwarded to the appropriate ITC provider with the care plan for an Aboriginal person’s long-term condition. Health professionals can access more information on HealthPathways.

Integrated Team Care radio ad

Integrated Team Care radio ad [mp3]

For detail of your local ITC service please see the list of service providers.

For further information about the ITC program please contact WAPHA’s Aboriginal

Health team via aboriginalhealth@wapha.org.au

Aboriginal Integrated Systems of Care (AISC)

WAPHA has commissioned Richmond Wellbeing and their consortia partners to deliver the Aboriginal Integrated Systems of Care (AISC) activity in Perth South and Perth North Primary Health Networks. The produced reports will ensure our approach to commissioning mental health and AOD services are culturally responsive and meet the needs of the Aboriginal community. Find out more

Find out more about Aboriginal health

To find out more about Aboriginal health and how WAPHA can assist you, email: aboriginalhealth@wapha.org.au or phone 6272 4900.