Around 77,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in the Northern Queensland PHN region, approximately 9% of our region’s population. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health is a key priority for NQPHN, and we fund a number of initiatives under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Program to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program
This program was established to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with complex chronic diseases unable to effectively manage their conditions access to one-on-one assistance for the provision of coordinated, multidisciplinary care.
The program is provided by team/s of Indigenous health project officers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outreach workers and care coordinators to deliver on the program objectives:
- Contribute to better treatment and management of chronic conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enrolled in the program.
- Improve access to appropriate health care through care coordination and provision of supplementary services for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic disease
- Foster collaboration and support between the mainstream primary care services to deliver culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Increase the uptake of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) items, including health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and follow-up claims.
Healthy Mums and Babies
Indigenous Primary Health Care Services
This program is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families’ access:
- Health checks for children prior to commencing school and ensure children are meeting developmental milestones
- Antenatal care support
- Advice and assistance in relation to breastfeeding nutrition and parenting
- Assisting mums and babies to access essential health services to keep them healthy, such as immunisation and safe and healthy home environments for babies.
School based wellbeing education programs
Partnership arrangement between Life Education, Education Queensland and NQPHN to trial an education program in a small number of identified schools. This program works within existing school curriculums, with a key focus on:
- empowering young people to make safer and healthier choices in regards to alcohol and illegal drugs, including Ice
- sexual education topics including puberty, identity, relationships and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).